Canadians are being asked to take a closer look at that stuff they keep furiously rubbing between their hands. A few hand sanitizers in Canada are being taken off shelves. You can check the bottle to see if yours is part of the recall.
On Saturday, June 6, Health Canada announced they're recalling six hand sanitizers from shelves. That's because they contain industrial-grade ethanol, which hasn't been approved to be used in such products in the country.
Compared to the authorized ethanol used in food and other commercial items, the industrial-grade kind has "impurities" as well as "chemicals" that aren't approved for use in antibacterial gel.
In other words, they also haven't "reviewed it for safety or efficacy." The public health organization states these products can "result in dry skin, causing irritation or cracking."
As of Sunday, June 7, the recalled hand sanitizers are:
- Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70 % Ethyl Alcohol — Eltraderm Limited
- Hand Sanitizer — Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.
- Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer — Nature's Own Cosmetic Company Inc.
- Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol — Sanilabs Inc.
- Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer — Walker Emulsions Ltd.
- Hand Sanitizer — Désinfectant pour les mains — Walker Emulsions Ltd.
If you have these hand sanitizers at home, Health Canada asks you immediately stop using them.
If you're not sure how to properly dispose of them, you can always return them to your local pharmacy and ask them to give you a hand.
Per Health Canada, you can tell if a product is authorized by checking if it has a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on their labels.
Or, you can also check with their list of safe and approved hand sanitizers.
If you've been using the recalled products and are worried, the recall reminds you that you can ask your doctor.
Health Canada is still looking for more of these unapproved hand sanitizers to take off shelves and they'll be updating their list as time goes on to help keep you safe.