The agency said it had recalled the hand sanitizers because they contain ingredients that are not permitted for use in Canada, such as technical grade ethanol, or are not properly processed. labeled and missing important information.
Frequent use of products containing unacceptable grades of ethanol or other denaturants, including methanol and ethyl acetate, may result in dry skin causing irritation or cracking, eye irritation, irritation upper respiratory system and headaches, according to Health Canada.
The following hand sanitizers were added to the recall list on Monday:
- Latest best hand sanitizer for brewing and distillation
Nomad (citronella) hand sanitizer, manufactured by Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Prairie Potions Purify Hand Sanitizer & Antibacterial Spray
Sanix – Alcohol Hand Gel with Emollients, 70% Ethyl Alcohol (250 mL and 4L sizes)
A list of previously recalled hand sanitizers can be found here.
Health Canada has ordered companies to stop selling these products.
Canadians are encouraged to consult their municipal or regional guidelines on how to properly dispose of products. Products can also be returned to local pharmacies for disposal.
Health Canada has published a complete list of disinfectants approved for sale in Canada and another list of acceptable products, which may not meet all regulatory requirements, but are safe and will help meet national demand. The agency says hand sanitizers that have been authorized will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the product label.
Health officials continue to advise Canadians to wash their hands regularly with soap and water to limit the spread of COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available.