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ViraPro hand sanitiser 'placed in immediate quarantine' in Belfast Trust

ViraPro hand sanitiser was placed in quarantine
Connla Young

STAFF in the Belfast Trust were told to place stocks of a hand sanitiser into quarantine following health fears.

Trust chiefs sent out a memo in recent days after it emerged that ViraPro has been recalled south of the border.

Authorities there said it was feared prolonged use of the product, which is widely used in schools, could cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation or headaches.

The Department of Agriculture said some ViraPro hand sanitiser contained methanol rather than ethanol and members of the public were “advised to stop using this sanitiser with immediate effect”.

In its memo, Belfast Trust said its supplier has been seeking to ascertain if “NI (Northern Ireland) has received any of the impacted batches”.

“While we are waiting on clarification from the supplier, it is recommended in the interim that any stock of Virapro hand sanitiser should be placed in immediate quarantine,” it said.

A trust official advised that an “alternative branded sanitiser” is available.

The Republic's Health Service Executive has confirmed that it ordered almost €7.5m worth of ViraPro hand sanitiser.

More than a million units had already distributed, while the other two million were placed in quarantine.

Stormont's Department of Health last week said checks were being carried out to see if any stock delivered to Northern Ireland is affected.

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