FIRs against 11 sanitizer brands after samples fail


DW BUREAU / Chandigarh Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said cases have been registered against 11 sanitizer brands after their samples failed quality parameters. The samples were collected from across various districts in the state. A notice has also been issued to cancel or suspend the license of the brands whose samples failed the tests, Vij said here. He said about 248 samples were collected by the Food and Drug Administration of Haryana, out of which test reports of 123 samples have been received. "Out of the reports received so far, 109 samples passed quality tests, while 14 failed. Among these, 9 brands were found substandard, while 5 brands were found with excessive quantity of methanol present in it, which is harmful," he said. He said instructions have been given to seize entire stock of the sanitizer brands which failed the tests from the market. Vij said that at the initial stage of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, a complaint of selling of fake sanitizers in the market was received, due to which the Food and Drug Administration was instructed to conduct raids in the entire Haryana. India's COVID-19 infection tally raced past 19 lakh on Wednesday, two days after it crossed the 18-lakh mark, with 52,509 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in a day, while the recoveries have mounted to 12,82,215, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total coronavirus cases in the country surged to 19,08,254 while the death toll climbed to 39,795 with 857 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has risen to 67.19 per cent while the fatality rate has further dropped to 2.09 per cent, the data stated. There are 5,86,244 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently which contribute 30.72 per cent of the total caseload. The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners. This is the seventh consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 2,14,84,402 samples have been tested up to August 4 with 6,19,652 samples being tested on Tuesday. (editor@dailyworld.in)




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