KEBS lifts ban on Gental Care hand sanitizer after complying with quality measures


KEBS lifts ban on Gental Care hand sanitizer after complying with quality measures
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) offices in Kisumu. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Gental Care was among 8 sanitizer brands which on May 17, 2020 had their permits suspended for being substandard.
  • Following this action, Bidco said it granted KEBS officers entry to its premises to conduct a surveillance audit and collect random samples for testing.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has lifted the ban on Gental Care hand sanitizer after complying with the set measures on quality and safety.

Gental Care, which is manufactured by Bidco Africa, was among 8 sanitizer brands which on May 17, 2020 had their permits suspended for being substandard.

Following this action, Bidco – in a statement to newsrooms on Thursday – said it granted KEBS officers entry to its premises to conduct a surveillance audit and collect random samples for testing.

“We would like to state that on two separate occasions, KEBS visited our manufacturing plant in Thika on a rigorous exercise that saw samples of Gental Care hand sanitizer subjected to test and confirmation on quality and alcohol concentration,” read the statement.

“We also provided KEBS with evidence of measures on Pre-production Quality Assurance as well as Post-production Quality control. We have received confirmation from KEBS, in writing, that Gental Care hand sanitizer is fully compliant with set standards and meets all measures on quality and safety.”

The manufacturer further stated that it has since increased the dosage of alcohol content on Gental Care from the cuurent 60% to 70% in a bid to better aid the war against the coronavirus.

“We continually listen to the rising needs and changing trends of our customers and the consumer community at large– a true spirit of the heritage BIDCO has championed over the years,” it added.

“We will never relent on our resolve to work with the wananchi and communities that are in dire need of help and support especially those affected most by Covid-19 pandemic; there is hope amidst these challenging times.”

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