Health Canada Reports Sale of Counterfeit Hand Sanitizer in Thunder Bay

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Anyone who has purchased a counterfeit product is urged to stop using it immediately; may be ineffective, cause severe reaction if swallowed

THUNDER BAY – Health Canada has issued a warning after the discovery of a counterfeit hand sanitizer for sale at a Dollarama store in Thunder Bay.”Because the counterfeit version of Daily Shield hand sanitizer is not licensed and manufactured with an unknown formulation, it may not be effective in killing bacteria and viruses, and may pose serious health risks,” said the agency in a statement released on Sunday.

The counterfeit version is sold in a 250 milliliter format, labeled NPN 80098979, lot 6942, with a listed expiration in May 2023.

Anyone who has purchased the product is urged to stop using it immediately and consult a health care provider if they have used the product and have any health or safety concerns.

Dollarama has agreed to end the sale of Daily Shield hand sanitizer across the country while Health Canada investigates.

The counterfeit product is suspected of containing methanol, the agency said, which is not licensed for use in hand sanitizers and can cause severe reactions if swallowed.



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