HSE recalls e-cigarettes due to higher than permitted levels of nicotine

Second alert submitted by environmental health service to EU about vaping products in recent weeks

The HSE has warned the public against the use of a number of e-cigarette products due to illegal levels of nicotine. Irish retailers have been ordered to remove the two products from sale and to issue a recall to to customers.

The two products are both disposable MK Bar 7000s from the brand McKesse, with separate flavours, Blue & Razz Ice and Green Apple, subject to the warning. The products contain more than the permitted amount of nicotine of two per cent or 20mg/ml.

The HSE’s environmental health service, national tobacco control office, has submitted has submitted an alert to the European Safety Gate, the EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products. This is the second alert submitted by the environmental health service to the EU in recent weeks.

“I therefore must remind manufacturers and importers of electronic cigarettes and refill containers (e-liquids), it is their responsibility to ensure that they fully comply with all legislative requirements,” said Dr Maurice Mulcahy, regional chief environmental health officer in the HSE.


Anyone who has purchased these products has been advised to avoid their use return them to the shop from which they were bought.

Retailers have been instructed to issue a recall notice on their premises and online, both on retail websites and social media. Shops have also been asked to supply the HSE with supplier traceability details of the relevant products.

Dr Mulcahy reminded manufacturers and importers of their legal obligation “to give full and proper advance notification to the HSE of their intention to place products on the Irish market via the European Common Entry Gate portal.

“Furthermore, they are reminded they bear full responsibility for the quality and safety of these products, when placed on the market and used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions.”

McKesse did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nathan Johns

Nathan Johns

Nathan Johns is an Irish Times journalist