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Alcohol Free Halal Handwash

News From : DagangHalal.com (09 Dec 2009)

A British firm said that it had solved a potential hygiene problem for Muslims by inventing an alcohol-free handwash that has been certified as “halal”.

Amid efforts to prevent the spread of swine flu and superbugs, there have been reports of some Muslims refusing to use alcohol-based germ-killing gels on religious grounds.

The Muslim Council of Britain has ruled the use of alcohol gels is permissible under Islam, on the basis that they are not an intoxicant and that the alcohol used is synthetic.

But the makers of Byotrol, which they also claim is more effective and longer-lasting than standard NHS cleaners, said the “halal” endorsement would provide extra reassurance.

Mohammad Nazir, chairman of the European Halal Development Agency (EHDA) which issued the certification, said it was “excellent news”.

“The EHDA certification is not just about non-alcohol but also about all the ingredients being from halal sources, combined with the fact that the production process conforms to halal requirements,” he said Inventor Stephen Falder said: “This is a massive step forward for hospital hygiene, not just for Muslims but for all healthcare workers.

“Alcoholic hand-washes may soon be a thing of the past: nurses complain of dry and damaged skin caused by alcohol hand-wash; prisoners may consume it; and many Muslims will not touch alcohol.

“To top it all, it isn’t even effective when you consider that it stops working as soon as it evaporates – which is almost immediately.”

By Joe Churcher

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