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Health Canada recalls six hand sanitizers

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June 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Health Canada is recalling six brands of hand sanitizers that are made with industrial-grade ethanol.

“Industrial-grade ethanol contains impurities that are not found in the type of ethanol approved for use in manufacturing hand sanitizers, such as technical-grade, food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade ethanol. In addition, chemicals that may not be approved for use in hand sanitizers are added to industrial-grade ethanol,” Health Canada said in its recall notice.

“Frequent use of these products may result in dry skin, causing irritation or cracking. Since industrial-grade ethanol has not been approved for use in hand sanitizers in Canada, the Department has not reviewed it for safety or efficacy.”

If you have one of these products, Health Canada advises that you stop using them and follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste. You may also return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.

The recalled  products are as follows:

•. Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70% Ethyl Alcohol, made by Eltraderm Limited
•  Hand Sanitizer, made by Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.
•  Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer, made by Nature's Own Cosmetic Company Inc.
•  Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol, made by Sanilabs Inc.
•  Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd.
•  Hand Sanitizer Désinfectant pour les mains, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd.

Health Canada has a full list of approved hand sanitizers that are safe for everyday use.

Canadians continue to be urged to wash their hands with soap and water regularly to limit the spread of COVID-19

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