Savlon hand sanitiser contains poisonous methanol, RAB raids ACI factory
Published : Sunday, 4 October, 2020 at 6:38 PM Count : 3354
Presence of a poisonous chemical called 'Methanol' has been detected in 'Savlon' Hand Sanitiser now available in the market.
Receiving information, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel have gone to the ACI Limited's factory at Gazipur where Savlon Hand Sanitiser is manufactured. The members of the elite force have been conducting drives there.
It is learnt that the drive led by RAB executive magistrate Sarwar Alam has been going on since early Sunday afternoon.
During the drive, the elite force also found irregularities over the expiry of the hand sanitisers.
Earlier, the RAB found the presence of poisonous Methanol in Savlon hand sanitiser after examining at different laboratories in the capital. But, the methanol was not supposed to be present in hand sanitisers. Though 'Isopropyl alcohol' is written on Savlon hand santiser bottles, no Isopropyl alcohol was found in Savlon hand sanitiser. On the other hand, use of methanol in Bangladesh is banned. Acting on a tip-off that Savlon hand sanirtisers were being manufactured at ACI Limited's Gazipur factory, the RAB decided to conduct their drive.
RAB executive magistrate Sarwar Alam said the poisonous methanol was detected in an entire batch of Savlon hand sanitiser bottles. However, it not found in all the bottles. Methanol is dangerous to human health. ACI Limited imported Methanol from abroad through outsourcing. Later, the company used it in manufacturing their hand sanitisers. They also committed further irregularities. Though the factory address is written on the bottles, no product was found there.
"We have been looking into their irregularities. We will tell the details later on," he said.