Health Canada has issued a recall for several types of hand sanitizer because the alcohol in them is industrial grade and not approved for use here.
The industrial-grade ethanol in the products contains impurities that are not found in the type of ethanol that’s usually used in hand sanitizers, Health Canada said in an advisory posted Saturday.
“Frequent use of these products may result in dry skin, causing irritation or cracking,” it said. “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.”
The following hand sanitizers are affected by the recall:
- Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer – 70 % Ethyl Alcohol
- Hand Sanitizer from Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.
- Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer from Nature’s Own Cosmetic Company Inc.
- Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol
- Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer
Health Canada advises people to stop using the hand sanitizers immediately, and either safely dispose of them or return them to the store for a refund.
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