It was found that the amount of ‘corona sterilizer’ sold in the market was insufficient or illegally displayed such as eco-friendly and non-toxic.
The Korea Consumer Agency announced on the 23rd that as a result of examining the quality of 20 hypochlorous acid water sterilizers and disinfectants, about half of the products were found to be outside the appropriate pH range.
Hypochlorous acid water is produced by electrolysis of hydrochloric acid or saline, and it is a substance that has a broad sterilization effect on microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety classifies this as ‘food additive used for sterilization or disinfection of food or utensils,’ and requires effective chlorine content, appropriate pH range, and effective saline standards. The Ministry of Environment is also regulating ingredients by revising a notice that newly added related provisions in July.
According to Sobowon, 9 out of 20 surveyed products had a pH value indicating solution hydrogen ion concentration (acidity) that did not meet the approved standards. Water is said to be acidic if its pH is between 6.5 and 8.5.
One food disinfectant approved as ‘strongly acidic’ had an actual value of 2.9, which was slightly acidic. Strongly acidic should have a pH value lower than 2.7. Hypochlorous acid may be affected by pH, etc., and its sterilizing power may be reduced. The effective chlorine content of this product is only 3mg (3ppm) per liter, so it did not meet the strong acidity standard (at least 20ppm) as well as the weak acidity standard (10ppm). Another product had to maintain the ‘mild acid’ standard of pH 5.0-6.5, but the actual value was 4.6, which was at the ‘weak acid’ level.
A number of products that were labeled as capable of sterilizing children’s products without permission were also found. Nine out of 20 products were approved as sterilizers and disinfectants for food or utensils and indicated that they can be used to sterilize children’s products. There were six products that were advertised as possible even though they could not be used in food. A total of 13 products, 65% of which were surveyed, including duplicates, violated the standard.
Twelve out of 20 products violated the current law and displayed or advertised phrases such as ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘non-toxic’ on the product. Disinfectants and disinfectants can be toxic to the human body, so consumers may be harmed by false advertisements. “Based on the results of this investigation, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and the Ministry of Environment will request to strengthen the management and supervision of hypochlorous acid water sterilization, disinfectant quality, and labeling,” said a consumer agency official. It should be kept in mind that there is no