Health Canada issues recall for several hand sanitizers

Jun 23 2020, 6:41 am

Health Canada has recalled three additional hand sanitizer brands that contain industrial-grade ethanol which has not been authorized to use in sanitizers in Canada.

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,” says the recall warning. “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.
  • Mégalab Inc.’s “Gel Antiseptique Pour Les Mains”
  • Flash Beauté Inc.’s “Germzero”
  • Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol
  • Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer
  • Walker Emulsions Ltd.’s “Hand Sanitizer Désinfectant pour les mains”
  • Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid
  • Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70%
  • Tekare Instant Hand Cleanser Gel
  • Aktif Antiseptique instantané pour les mains
  • R&D Technical Solutions Ltd.’s “Smart Care”
  • X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel
  • Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer
  • Lalema Inc.’s “Isogel”

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.

Sanitizer users should consult their healthcare professional if you have used these products and have health concerns.

Visit the Health Canada website for more information.