Check your cupboards! Health Canada issued an advisory on Ocotber 18 warning that counterfeit hand sanitizer may have been sold at Dollarama stores across the country.
The product is a fake version of the authorized Daily Shield hand sanitizer, which has been made with an unknown formulation.
According to Health Canada, this means it “may not be effective at killing bacteria and viruses, and may pose serious risks to health.”
Counterfeit products are fraudulent versions of authentic products and may be harmful if used or consumed.
The counterfeit version of the product was found for sale at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
That said, the advisory warns that it may have also been sold at stores across the country.
Per the notice, the counterfeit items are sold in a 250 ml bottle, labelled with NDP 80098979 and have an expiry of May 2023.
Health Canada warns that the fake product is believed to contain methanol, which is not authorized for use in this format.
A consequence of using this could be "severe adverse reactions or death when ingested," explained the agency.
Dollarama will stop selling Daily Shield hand sanitizer in stores while the government agency continues to investigate.
If you have this product at home, you are advised to stop using it immediately and contact your doctor if you’ve got concerns regarding your health.
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