According to a press release from Michigan State, Vlank + PUR hand sanitizer should no longer be used, removed immediately from store shelves and no longer offered for sale.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued orders for “sat-use” and “stop-removal” on Friday, after testing on September 11 against the hand sanitizer brand revealed that the products did not meet state standards.
“Hand sanitizers have become one of the important tools to prevent COVID-19,” said Craig VanBuren, director of the laboratory division of MDEG. “They must have a minimum of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol or 60 percent ethyl alcohol to be considered effective.”
Despite being labeled as 70% ethyl alcohol, the test found that it contained less than 60% alcohol. MDARD is testing various hand sanitizer brands to ensure that they meet state standards.
The orders are effective immediately, meaning that no Vellak + Pier Hand Sanitizer can be sold Friday and later in Michigan. They should be returned to their place of purchase or disposed of properly.
People who are using the brand should monitor their health and undergo testing for COVID-19 if symptoms develop, state news release Dr. Jong Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said.
COVID-19 preview tips
In addition to regularly washing hands and touching their faces, officials recommend practicing social disturbances, believing that anyone can carry the virus.
Health officials say that if possible, you should be at least 6 feet away from others and work from home.
Use disinfected wipes or disinfectant spray cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (door handles, taps, countertops) and carry hand sanitizers with you when visiting places like the store.
Michigan Gov. Gechen Whitmer has also issued executive orders requiring people to cover their faces and noses in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. See the explanation of what this means here.
Additional information is available at Michigan.OV/Coronavirus and CDC.OV/Coronavirus.
For more data on COVID-19 in Michigan, visit https://www.mlive.com/coronavirus/data/.
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