According to reports, Dettol Disinfectant Liquid and Domestos Extended Germ Kill have been
recalled because it may pose a health risk to consumers, the National Regulator
for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said on Tuesday.
Thomas Madzivhe, General Manager for Chemicals and Materials
at the NRCS confirmed that Dettol Disinfectant Liquid had indeed been recalled as
it had failed factory tests and did not pass the required tests. He added that Domestos Extended Germ Kill had not been registered with the NRCS and
as such they could not guarantee its safety, which is why it had been
The product under recall by NCRS is illegally imported into SA by a third party trader which has nothing to do with Dettol South Africa, according to a press release from the company.
"It fails to meet our requirements, and as such we urge
the public not to use the product," Madzivhe said. "In instances
where the safety and health of consumers may be affected, we issue a consumer
alert to say such a product is under recall and it's not advisable for you to
use it. We issue a specific number [on any product] to indicate that it meets
our requirements and is safe for use. This product has not met such requirements."
Madzivhe said the regulator could not ascertain the
disinfectant's compliance with safety standards.
Earlier this year in April, the NRCS denied that it would be
recalling Dettol and Domestos products in a
report on Fin24. In the statement they issued at the time, Maroela Media
reported that an NRCS spokesperson said the company was "worried about certain
imported Dettol and Domestos products, and that they were considering recalling
the products countrywide".
The recall did not affect Domestos Thick Bleach and other products in the
Dettol range, including Dettol Hygiene Liquid and Dettol Antiseptic Liquid.
The NRCS is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry established to
administer compulsory specifications and other technical regulations.
According to the report, the imported products did not
comply with the compulsory specification for disinfectants as administered by
NRCS acting CEO Bongani Khanyile urged the public to notify
the regulator about any shops still selling Dettol Disinfectant Liquid and
Domestos Extended Germ-Kill. They can be contacted on 021 428 6043.