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Advisory - Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks

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OTTAWA, ON, June 6, 2020 /CNW/ -

Summary

  • Product: Certain hand sanitizers made with industrial-grade ethanol
  • Issue: Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada.
    What to do: Stop using these products. Consult your healthcare professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns. Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada. See the additional information on buying health products safely in the links below.

Issue
Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada.

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.

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.

A list of affected products can be found below. Health Canada will update this list if it becomes aware of other affected products, so that Canadians can easily identify ones they may have purchased and take appropriate action. Canadians are encouraged to consult the list regularly for updates.

What you should do

  • Stop using the products listed below. Please 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.
  • Consult your healthcare professional if you have used these products and have health concerns.
  • To help limit the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available.
  • Use hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Hand sanitizers that have been authorized will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the product label. These products can be found on the list of hand sanitizers that meet Health Canada's requirements.
  • Consult the list of hand sanitizers authorized or registered in other jurisdiction that may not display an NPN or DIN but have been accepted for use in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. This list of accepted products can be found here.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.

What Health Canada is doing?

  • Health Canada has directed companies to stop the sale of these products and is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.
  • If Health Canada identifies additional products or manufacturers using ethanol that does not meet Health Canada requirements, the Department will take appropriate action and inform Canadians, including updating this list.

Affected products

Product

Recalling Company

NPN or DIN

Lot numbers

Expiry Date

Date Added

Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70 % Ethyl Alcohol

Eltraderm Limited

80098540

0217

April 2022

June 6, 2020

Hand Sanitizer

Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.

80098453

8613026

8613042

8613048

8613055

8613057

8613058

8613061

8613064

8613066

April 2022

June 6, 2020

Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer

Nature's Own Cosmetic Company Inc.

80100166

8613026

8613042

8613048

8613055

8613057

8613058

8613061

8613064

8613066

May 2022

June 6, 2020

Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol

Sanilabs Inc.

80098769

6069

April 20, 2022

June 6, 2020

6075

April 28, 2022

Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer

Walker Emulsions Ltd.

80098678

209638

Not printed on the label

June 6, 2020

Hand Sanitizer

Désinfectant pour les mains

 

Walker Emulsions Ltd.

80100040

210061

Not printed on the label

June 6, 2020

For more information

 

SOURCE Health Canada

Cision View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2020/06/c3631.html

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