At Least 1 Grocery Removes St. Moritz Spray From Its Shelves Following Horrific Incident

PHOTO: Following a horrific incident earlier this week where a young KJ child was severely burned by the St Moritz spray, at least one grocery has already removed the spray from their shelves. The store hung up a sign on the shelf where the sprays once lay, saying they removed the spray at the request of Hatzolah and for the safety of their customers.

Hatzolah says they hope other groceries will follow and remove the dangerous spray. Photo credit: News Breakers/YYB.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Why does a store have to remove a cleaning chemical due to the consumer being careless and leaving it out where children can get to it. Parents should realize that they need to child proof the cabinets where cleaning supplies are kept so children can’t get to them.

  2. if a store is removing items that can hurt a child, they will remove 50% of their inventory. windex, tooth picks, forks, knives, bleach, ammonia, antifreeze, drain cleaners, laundry detergent, windshield wiper fluid, etc.

    -dont punish the company, nor other consumers just because someone didnt put away a harsh chemical when children are around. if everyone is so ready to remove possible hazards, why even buy cars then? the odds of getting into an accident (especially in lakewood) are high; so lets remove all car dealerships too. and lets take bicycles away from kids too.
    lets remove everything a child can get hurt on/with. this way parents dont have to be parents anymore – and children wont be able to be hurt, while UNSUPERVISED!

  3. I disagree with all the comments that the product should still be used but the parents need to be more careful. There have been hundreds of incidents with this particular product around pessach every year. I was very surprised when I saw it advertised. If your kids get a bad rash from a laundry detergine would you still continue to use it? I wouldn’t and would switch to something different. There is no need to use something this strong for pessach!! The risk is to big. We are cleaning toys, chairs where kids touch easily, its not about leaving the spray around but the surfice that was cleaned. It is extremly stong and should not be used if when a child gets put in the high chair that was cleaning with this product gets burnt! Windex does not have this effect! Lets just be proactive and cautious!

  4. You don’t leave guns around children, you put them in a gun safe. You don’t leave chemicals around children, you put them in a secure location.
    You don’t target practice at home. You don’t use chemicals when children are crawling/running around.
    Simple, unfortunately common sense is the least common of all senses.

  5. you are comparing st. moritz to “windex, tooth picks, forks, knives, bleach, ammonia, antifreeze, drain cleaners, laundry detergent, windshield wiper fluid”?????!!!!!
    if a baby spills windex on themselves are they rushed to the hospital w/ third degree burns? did you ever hear of a children dying from a toothpick? a fork? don’t be absurd! this is so much more dangerous than any other household product and it is a completely unnecessary one. I would love to know how it is even legal. Its more like having a loaded gun in the house than like having laundry detergent. Every store should boycott as should every thinking consumer!

  6. To Mr. Conservative and others who may not be familiar with these products: What many of you people are not understanding is that the reason why these products work so well is because they are extremely harsh chemicals. It does not say on the container that the oven cleaner is a strong base, and even if it did, the average person would not know that this means that it will turn your skin into soap upon contact. Therefore, most people will treat it just like their other cleaners, which, while definitely dangerous, are only mildly so. Ask yourself this question: The scientists who work for Easy-Off definitely know that these chemicals work exceptionally well at removing oven grime–so why don’t they use them? The answer is because they would get their (moderated) sued off, as may happen to the St. Moritz company one day. These products are not from the US and are not subject to any form of regulation. You can’t blame the average housewife for treating it like an average cleaner.

  7. I think the difference between easy-off and the St Moritz ovencleaner is that easyoff comes in a metal canister with warnings plastered all over it. The St Moritz stuff comes in a “fun” spritz bottle like windex and fantastic which are also toxic but not nearly as dangerous.

  8. To “In the Know” and others- you are mistaken- nobody said anything about kids being burned by touching something that had been cleaned with this spray. Burns of that severity would not come as a result of touching a dry surface that has been cleaned with even this stuff and rinsed off. In fact, I don’t believe for a minute that a spray with pictures of grimy ovens and the like on its label is being used by people to clean high chair trays, just like nobody uses Easy Off for high chair trays. These burns are coming from kids using the spray either to clean with or to play with, or just touching wet drips on the tip of the nozzle. I use this spray to clean my stove grates and nothing works better, YET, I keep it guarded at all times and I daven that H-Shem help me to remain vigilant in this regard. And in response to others, YES ammonia is not only as dangerous but can be (and has been) deadly if ingested – it looks just like a bottle of water – and kids can’t tell the difference. There’s usually not even a safety cap on them. Should ammonia also be eliminated from stores? And do you think if a child gets Easy Off on skin it won’t cause burns? Perhaps less severe than St Moritz, but definitely quite dangerous! Bottom line is these kinds of things happen and we as parents need to be vigilant in keeping harmful things away from our children. If you try to be reactionary and eliminate each item as a child gets injured from it, you’ll be left with nothing but bread… But only spelt bread that’s Gluten free. And without a plastic wrapper.

  9. These products are much stronger than typical cleaning products and they are unsafe for use by anyone – child or adult. You would have to wear a hazmat suit to make sure you don’t accidentally get a drop on your skin. A regular bleach or other dangerous chemical gives you time to wash it off before it burns. This burns instantly on contact. Please don’t compare it. I was being very careful and I got a small drop on my hand, it burned a hole almost instantly!!!

  10. To #19- with all due respect, please don’t be ridiculous. Wearing long rubber gloves (dishwashing size) that are made for use with chemicals (available at hardware stores- the ones I bought long ago and still use are blue-) are more than sufficient to wear when handling this. You don’t need a hazmat suit. Just be careful not to get a spritz on your face, and wash off quickly if it does- just as you would do when using Easy Off!

  11. Just wash off quickly! If it gets on you it burns you no ifs buts or whys!
    Every year without fail children and adults get burned from St. Moritz. That doesn’t happen with easy -off, bleach etc, that people end up in burn centers for weeks or months. St. Moritz must be used with extreme caution if at all, and with proper protection! And Hashem Yishmor if chas vashalom any kids get their hands on it!

  12. YES I COMPARES THIS STUFF TO ANTI-FREEZE:
    Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient of all major antifreeze brands, has long been known to be poisonous. Ethylene Glycol has a sweet smell and taste which is attractive to children and pets and is highly toxic. Drinking ethylene glycol will result in depression followed by heart and breathing difficulty, kidney failure, brain damage and then DEATH.

    YES I COMPARED THIS STUFF TO WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID:
    Windshield washer fluid is a brightly colored liquid made of methanol, a poisonous alcohol. Some young children may mistake the fluid for juice, which can lead to accidental poisoning. Even small amounts can cause significant damage.

    YES I COMPARED THIS STUFF TO WINDEX:
    just because it doesnt act quickly, and as severely on the exterior – doeesnt mean its not as deadly! butyl cellosolve is a mild skin and eye irritant. However, it is readily absorbed through the skin and can damage blood and the body’s ability to make blood. It is also toxic to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. Authors David Steinman and Samuel Epstein do not recommend use of products containing butyl cellosolve.

    Yet such products may be sitting under your kitchen or bathroom sink at this moment. It is a common ingredient in some all-purpose cleaners such as Pine Sol, Fantastik, and Formula 409. It is also an ingredient in 3 M brand carpet cleaners. It is an ingredient in some glass cleaners such as S.O.S and Windex.

  13. There is one difference: A drop of it on the skin does not cause severe burns. And, as I mentioned before, the warnings on the container are insufficient. We have yet to hear, thank G-d, of severe injuries in the community due to anti-freeze, windshield washer fluid, or Windex. Although I did once read a scary story (moderated). (I don’t want to give anyone any ideas, though);-)

  14. parents just have to be careful DON’T PUNISH YOUR CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR ST MORITS it does a great job just put a poster @ the shelf for a precaution/warning

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