TORONTO — Health Canada is recalling five types of hand sanitizers sold in Canadian stores that are made with industrial-grade ethanol, in addition to six other products that were recalled last week.
The recall, issued Saturday and updated on Wednesday, advises anyone with the products in their home to stop using them immediately and consult a health-care professional if they have health concerns. Frequent use of these products may lead to dry skin, causing irritation or cracking.
The industrial-grade ethanol found in the products is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers and may contain impurities and other unapproved chemicals, Health Canada said.
Health Canada has directed companies to stop the sale of these products and said it is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.
Canadians are asked to consult their municipal or regional guidelines on how to properly dispose of the products. The products can also be returned to local pharmacies for disposal.
Health Canada has released a full list of approved hand sanitizers that are safe for everyday use. The agency says hand sanitizers that have been authorized will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the product label.
Health officials continue to advise that Canadians regularly wash their hands with soap and water to limit the spread of COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water is not available.
The new recalled products include:
- Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid, made by Applied Lubrication Technology
- Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70%, made by Tidol Corporation
- Aktif Antiseptique instantane pour les mains, made by Laboratoire Hygienex Inc.
- Smart Care Hand Sanitizer, made by R&D Technical Solutions Ltd.
- X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel, Wood Wyant Inc.
The previously recalled products include:
- 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 Desinfectant pour les mains, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd.
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