Store owner charged after homemade sanitizer burns youths


RIVER VALE, NJ (AP) — Authorities say a convenience store owner in New Jersey created and sold a spray sanitizer that left four children with burns in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Authorities issued a summons charging 47-year-old Manisha Bharade with endangering the welfare of children and deceptive business practices.

Manisha Bharade (Photo: Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office)
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State consumer officials also opened an investigation into the sale and promotion of health and sanitation products at her 7-Eleven store in River Vale.

Authorities say Bharade mixed commercially available foaming sanitizer, which wasn’t meant for resale, with water and packaged the bottles in her store.

Three 10-year-olds and an 11-year-old had been burned after using the product.

It’s not known if Bharade has an attorney.