Health Canada issues recall for five brands of hand sanitizer over health risks

Jul 12 2021, 9:40 am

Health Canada is recalling five brands of hand sanitizers because they may pose health risks.

The recalls were issued on July 12 after undeclared impurities were detected in the products. Four of the sanitizers are also not properly labelled.

“[The] hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they do not meet Health Canada requirements,” the department said.

Canada Direct Imports’ Absolute Hand Sanitizer and Gely products contain elevated levels of benzene and are missing information for vulnerable populations. The recalled sanitizers have an expiry date of June 2022.

Avalon Laboratories’ Ethanol Hand Sanitizer 80% and Securol Hand Sanitizer contain elevated levels of acetaldehyde. The products affected by the recall expire in June 2022.

Latitude 55 Distilling Co.’s Hand Sanitizer contains acetaldehyde at elevated levels, and is missing required risk statements and information for vulnerable populations. All expiry dates of the product are being recalled.

iMed Hand Sanitizer and Yinba, made by MTI-Mobiltech International Inc., contain elevated levels of benzene and are missing risk statements in French. The recalled products expire in March 2022.

Wayward Distillery’s WHO Formula Hand Rub contains acetaldehyde at elevated levels, is missing risk statements in French, and doesn’t contain information for vulnerable populations. The products being recalled expire in October 2022.

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Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products and dispose of them. They can also be taken to a pharmacy for disposal.

Anyone who has used the hand sanitizers affected by the recall and has concerns should consult a health care professional.

Zoe DemarcoZoe Demarco

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