Some schools could be forced to close after sanitiser recalled due to possible health concerns

Affected schools can also close early or shut entirely for the day, if they feel it’s necessary.
“Some of the product contains methanol rather than ethanol,” it said.

“This product may not remain on the market or be made available for use.” The company involved has been instructed by the Department to initiate an immediate recall of all products, the statement added.

“Members of the public are advised to stop using this sanitiser with immediate effect. A Department investigation into this matter is ongoing.” All schools are now asked to check whether they have used this supplier and have stocks of this product.

Schools should follow the advice of the Department of Agriculture to cease using it immediately, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education said.

Impacted schools should make local arrangements to purchase stocks of hand sanitiser and can maximise the use of handwashing to support necessary hand hygiene, she added.


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