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Makers of counterfeit sanitisers face criminal prosecution, ruling party warns

Mar 23. 2020
Tipanan Sirichana
Tipanan Sirichana
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By The Nation

The ruling Phalang Pracharat Party has warned that using counterfeit alcohol-based sanitisers can lead to lethal health conditions and vendors will face imprisonment.

Tipanan Sirichana, a deputy spokesperson of the party, posted on her Facebook account that there were several cases of patients suffering from respiratory illness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after using substandard santisers.

The chemical used in counterfeit products is methyl alcohol, which is a by-product of the petrochemical process and used in the furniture industry, she said.

Methyl alcohol can penetrate the skin and evaporate into the respiratory system leading to bronchitis, conjunctivitis, headache, dizziness and nausea.

If the body accumulates too much methyl alcohol, it can cause blindness, glomerulonephritis, sepsis, hepatic infarction leading to death, she warned.

Tipanan said that methyl alcohol could be tested by boiling as the boiling point of methyl alcohol was 65 degrees Celsius while the boiling point of ethyl alcohol that is used in normal alcohol-based sanitisers is 78 degrees Celsius.

She said that vendors of counterfeit products could face up to seven years of imprisonment and Bt100,000 fine.

She also advised people to use gloves and wash their hands constantly if alcohol-based sanitisers were in short supply

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