Health Canada expands recall for toxic hand sanitizer

Nov 2 2020, 1:33 pm

Health Canada issued one new hand sanitizer recall and expanded an existing recall Monday, advising Canadians not to use the risky products.

The latest warning applies to Daily Shield Hand Sanitizer and Snake Lake Brewing Company’s ethanol 80% hand sanitizer.

Daily Shield contains an unacceptable ingredient, methanol, which can cause blindness and death if ingested. The sanitizer also doesn’t contain enough ethanol to be effective. Health Canada alerted Canadians about the issue last month and has now expanded its warning to include all Daily Shield hand sanitizers.

The manufacturer has been instructed to stop selling them.

The new recall for Snake Lake Brewing’s product says it’s missing its risk statements and contains technical-grade ethanol, which it’s not authorized to do. The warning applies to lot 0002 that expires in May 2022.

This is the latest of several hand sanitizer recalls Health Canada has issued since the start of the pandemic, when many businesses pivoted to making hand-cleaning gels in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Health Canada keeps a list online of all the hand sanitizers it’s recalled so far.

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