13% of hydroalcoholic gels are not effective, according to a French study

A French study on the composition and effectiveness of hydroalcoholic gels, one of the most widely used hygiene products to deal with the pandemic, points out that up to 13% of those analyzed are ineffective due to their low content in alcohol.

The General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) reported this Wednesday, November 18, 2020 that a laboratory analysis of 180 gels, of which 162 have already been studied, shows that 21 of them (13%) “They have insufficient alcohol and are dangerous or against the regulations.”

In total, 73% of them were declared to be contrary to the regulations (38%) or dangerous (35%), mainly because of labeling problems, although the agency mainly warns of problems of efficiency.

Some of these solutions are sold in stores, online or in supermarkets, but also in pharmacies.

The director of the establishment, Romain Roussel, explained on the France Info station that these products were the subject of a warning, in the event of a breakdown, and of withdrawal from sale within 48 hours and until the end of the pandemic for those which are ineffective against bacteria.

“To be effective against the coronavirus, hydroalcoholic gels must contain at least 60% alcohol. We have found that some tested products do not contain enough of it, ”said Roussel.

In its Twitter account, the DGCCRF alerts users that only solutions with an ethanol, 1-Propanol or 2-Propanol composition of at least 60% are effective for disinfection.

The use of gel and alcohol is very effective against the virus. Hand washing aims to prevent respiratory and intestinal diseases