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CHOICE investigation: popular hand sanitisers put to the test

CHOICE investigation: popular hand sanitisers put to the test

Skin Nutrient™ took part in an independent survey of 29 hand sanitisers which were tested for alcohol content. This was part of CHOICE Australia’s investigation into hand sanitisers being made and sold during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investigation was initially precipitated by suspicion of a hand sanitiser product sold by Mosaic Brands, which uncovered that this particular product only contained 23% alcohol. The World Health Organisation recommends hand sanitisers to contain at least 75% alcohol content, to be effective against bacteria and viruses.      


“A second round of CHOICE testing has delivered good news about the effectiveness of hand sanitiser on our supermarket and pharmacy shelves. In July we found that a hand sanitiser from clothing company Mosaic Brands contained just 23% alcohol content, even though it was labelled as containing 70% alcohol’” Says Andy Kollmorgen, CHOICE Australia Journalist.
Choice Australia commissioned Australia's National Measurement Institute to test 29 popular hand sanitisers for alcohol content. See the results pictured below. 



Kollmorgen says "The recommended minimum alcohol content for effective hand sanitisers ranges from 60% to 80%, depending on the type of alcohol. The WHO standard is 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl alcohol. Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) calls for at least 60% alcohol. All of the products in our latest test were found to contain more than 60% alcohol". 
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