Updated 29 July 2013

Unilever: why Domestos was recalled

The NRCS has announced the recall of Domestos Extended Germ Kill, because it is a 'grey' imported product.


The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has announced the recall of the Domestos Extended Germ Kill.  This specific product is a 'grey' imported product manufactured in the United Kingdom.

According to South African regulations, disinfectant products need to be registered with the NRCS before they can be sold on shelf, however in this case a local retailer imported the product directly from the UK and hence the recall of the product.

In South Africa, Unilever manufactures and markets Domestos Thick Bleach.This local product is registered with the NRCS and is compliant with South African Regulations. There is no consumer safety issue with this product, the only issue is that all such products should be registered with the relevant local authorities before they are sold locally.   

Unilever remains committed to providing branded products and services which consistently offer value in terms of price and quality, and which are safe for their intended use.

Unilever South Africa

Unilever South Africa (Pty Ltd) is one of the largest FMCG companies in South Africa. The Company is over 100 years old, with brands like Sunlight, OMO, Lux, Knorr, Vaseline, Shield, Sunsilk, Flora etc that are household names throughout the country. Unilever South Africa has over 3000 employees based across two offices and five manufacturing locations in South Africa. It is rated as one of South Africa’s best employers. For more information visit –


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