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Coronavirus Kent: Medichem to sell anti-bacterial products from factory in Rushenden, Sheppey, amid Covid-19 outbreak

A Sheppey company will be selling anti-bacterial products direct from its factory as of tomorrow amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Medichem in Rushenden, on Sheppey, a well-known manufacturer of hair and beauty products, also makes items such as hand gel.

Medichem in Rushenden Road, Rushenden. Picture: Google
Medichem in Rushenden Road, Rushenden. Picture: Google

From tomorrow the firm, based on the Stalham Business Park in Rushenden Road, will be selling 150ml bottles of anti-bacterial spray for £3, 50ml bottles of anti-bacterial hand gel for £1.50 and 250ml anti-bacterial hand washes for £3.

In a statement, it said: "As a local company, to help our local community, we are manufacturing anti-bacterial products for sale direct from our factory.

"Our factory shop will be open weekdays from Friday, March 20 from 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm.

"At present we will only be able to accept cash."

It added: "Our alcohol gels and sprays contain 70% alcohol. Our anti-bacterial hand wash contains industry-recognised biocides.

"There is currently no testing to prove any product kills coronavirus. However these formulations are what the government recommends the public use."

People heading to the factory are advised to go around the back of the building.

The firm was established in 1992 by born and bred Islander Tom Allsworth.

Mr Allsworth said: "We are ring-fencing any profits to ensure we can support our workforce through the next few months, it seems there will be lockdowns and we need to provide financial assistance through that period.

"We will be manufacturing hand sanitiser for the foreseeable future, so no need for anyone to worry.

"We are asking people to be sensible about how much they buy on any one day."

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