Health Canada recalls counterfeit hand sanitizer sold at Dollarama

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TORONTO – Health Canada has announced a recall after discovering a company selling a counterfeit version of one of the hand sanitizers on its approved list. The recall, released on Sunday, says the agency learned that a counterfeit version of the authorized Daily Shield hand sanitizer was found for sale at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay, Ont. and may have been sold in stores across Canada.

Health Canada says it worked with Bio Life Sciences Corp., the company behind the licensed product, to ensure the counterfeit version was not one of theirs.

Daily Shield hand sanitizer is licensed for sale in Canada, but officials say the counterfeit version is not.

Health Canada says the counterfeit version of Daily Shield hand sanitizer is made with an unknown formulation that may not be effective in killing bacteria and viruses. It is suspected that the counterfeit product contains methanol, which is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada and could pose serious health risks, including adverse reactions or death if swallowed.

“Counterfeit products may contain ingredients not listed on the label, hazardous additives or other contaminants. Plus, they may not contain the active ingredients that Canadians expect them to contain, ”the recall says.

Health Canada says it contacted the distributor of the counterfeit product and asked them to recall the product.

Dollarama has also agreed to stop the sale of Daily Shield hand sanitizer in stores across Canada as Health Canada continues to investigate the issue.

So, if you recently purchased Daily Shield Hand Sanitizer, how can you tell if you have the real version?

Health Canada says that the two versions of the product have the same NPN, or natural product number, 80098979, but have different lot numbers.

The real product has a bright blue and red coloring on its label and comes in 236 milliliter or 1 liter bottles, while the counterfeit version uses deep blue and dark red on its label and comes in a 250 milliliter format. .

Counterfeit products are also labeled with lot 6942; Expires May 2023.

Health Canada says anyone who has the counterfeit version should stop using it immediately and contact their healthcare professional if they have used it and are concerned about their health.

Health Canada has published a complete list of disinfectants approved for sale in Canada and another list of acceptable products that may not meet all regulatory requirements, but are safe and will help meet national demand in the environment. of the pandemic.

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.

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