Fight for your Right


The theme for World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2012 is Our money, our rights: campaigning for real choice in financial services on 15 March 2012 the global consumer movement will be uniting to demand a real choice for consumers. In the lead up to the big day, Consumers International (CI) will working with its members to take action on the issue,read comparative test for a product brand after the break...



Comparative product test brand wise ,How We Tested? Parameters,Key Findings
Brand Tested for mosquito repellent of liquidizer, cream, oil

Brand
Liquidizer
Rank
All Out
1
Maxo
2
Knight Queen
3
Good Knight
4
Mortein
5



Brand
Liquidizer
Rank
Odomos (lotion)
1
Odomos (cream)
2
Good Knight (cream)
3
MOS-OEL Dengue Plus Citronella (oil) 
4

Brand
Wet Wipe
Rank
Maco Safe & Soft (wet wipe
1



Source



How we tested?
The test was conducted in an air conditioned environment at a temperature of 24 to 28°C and relative humidity of 55 to 75 percent.


In this test, a glass chamber (Perspex transparent glass 70x70x70 cm) was used, where a total of approx twenty wild sucrose-fed mosquitoes were released to undergo biological efficacy.


In electric vaporizing liquid type, each liquidizer was released in the glass chamber for maximum twenty minutes and during this process the activity of mosquitoes was observed in terms of total number of knockdown of mosquitoes. The process was replicated at least three times on each sample.


In cream/lotion/oil/wet wipe type, the recommended quantity of mosquito repellent cream/lotion/oil/wet wipe was applied on the forearm (wrist to elbow) of the volunteer and inserted in the glass chamber. The behavior & activity of the mosquitoes were monitored on their landing on forearm, senseless/motion less & falling down was recorded. The total number of mosquitoes knocked down was recorded in hrs. & minutes.


In liquidizer type, All Out 95.10% was found most efficient in biological efficacy test followed by Maxo 94.60% and Knight Queen 93.50%. Mortein 80.70% was found slightly less efficient among all. In cream/lotion/oil/ wet wipe category, all the brands were found satisfactory but brand MOS-OEL was most effective against mosquitoes followed by Odomos lotion and cream.





Parameters


The packing of mosquito repellent of liquidizer, cream, oil and tissue type should be in such a manner that the package offers sufficient protection from leakage or contamination. All the brands of mosquito repellents were packed properly and appropriately to suit the product.
Marking
Mosquito repellents should be marked with the following information:
• Name of the material
• Indication of the source of product
• Batch number
• Date of manufacture
• Date of expiry
• Net quantity
• Ingredients
• Directions for use, etc.
• MRP
• Lasting Time
• Standard mark, if any
• Cautionary notice as worded
In Insecticides Act, 1968 and Rules.
Brands All out, Good Knight, Night Queen and Mortein were observed with all required information in liquidizer type mosquito repellent and Maxo Safe & Soft wet wipe was also marked with all required information. Brands of cream & lotion did not mention the quantity to be used for applying on the human skin. Brand MOS-OEL (Dengu-Plus) did not mark some of the required information like direction for use, lasting time, cautionary note etc.



Key Findings
• In liquidizer type, brand All Out (95.10%) was found most efficient in biological efficacy test followed by Maxo (94.60%) and Knight Queen (93.50%). Brand Mortein (80.70) was found least efficient among all.
• In cream/lotion/oil/ wet wipe category, all the brands were found satisfactory in biological efficacy but brand MOSOEL was most effective against mosquitoes followed by Odomos lotion and cream.
• All the brands of all categories category were found with lasting time same as declared.
• All the brands of cream/ lotion/oil were found under weight.
Conclusion
All the brands of mosquito repellents of both categories performed well in biological test followed by other qualitative tests. Based on the quality and performance test parameters, brand ALL Out scored top among all in vaporizer types followed by Maxo & Knight Queen. In application type brands Odomos (lotion) scored top followed by Odomos & Good Knight (cream).











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