Health Canada recalls certain hand sanitizers: which are safe?


Hand washing is important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but you may not always have quick access to soap and a sink. Hand sanitizer is a simple and effective way to keep your hands germ-free while on the go. However, not all are created equal.

Health Canada recalls six types of hand sanitizer due to an ingredient that could harm your skin. Anyone who has a bottle of disinfectant below is asked to stop using them.

  • Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer – 70% Ethyl Alcohol, manufactured by Eltraderm Limited

  • Hand sanitizer, manufactured by Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.

  • Gel 700 hand sanitizer, manufactured by Nature’s Own Cosmetic Company Inc.

  • Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol, manufactured by Sanilabs Inc.

  • Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer, manufactured by Walker Emulsions Ltd.

  • Hand sanitizer disinfectant, manufactured by Walker Emulsions Ltd.

They are recalled because of the type of ethanol used, which is intended for industrial use.

“Technical grade ethanol would be used for industrial paints and similar products,” said Stuart Thornley of Top Shelf Distillers in Perth, ON.

Top Shelf Distillers is one of the local distilleries that have been pumping hand sanitizers since March. They have been approved by Health Canada.

“Our distillery and other distillers, we have all gone through this process to have our hand sanitizer certified by Health Canada; and it is on the list of hand sanitizers approved by the Government of Canada to control COVID-19, “explains Thornley.

Thornley adds that there is a big difference between what was recalled and its product.

“It is food grade, so we used this food grade ethanol in our bitters, so we know it.” The active ingredient that fights germs, bacteria and viruses on your hands is 80% alcohol. ”

Top Shelf Distillers, along with other local distillers, sell hand sanitizer directly on their websites, as well as in select stores.

“We felt a huge sense of duty to do it, and that meant a lot of weekends worked, a lot of late nights. It’s really great to be a few months later, and looking back and saying – wow, we went from 150ml bottles to over 300,000 units in just a few months. ”

Health Canada has a list of approved hand sanitizers.



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