TORONTO – Health Canada continues to expand its growing recall of hand sanitizers sold in Canadian stores that the agency says may pose certain health risks.
The agency said the hand sanitizers have been recalled because they contain ingredients that are not authorized for use in Canada or are not properly labeled and do not contain important information.
The recall, released in June and updated on Friday, advises anyone with the products in their home to stop using them immediately and to consult a healthcare practitioner if they have any health concerns.
The latest addition to the recall notice includes HeyPur hand sanitizer from Heyseller Inc. (NPN 80099351) to contain the “unacceptable medicinal ingredient” of 1-propanol.
Health Canada says the frequent use of hand sanitizers containing 1-propanol can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, as well as cracking dry skin, drowsiness and headaches.
Other “unauthorized denaturants” found in the recalled products, such as industrial grade ethanol and methanol, can cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory tract irritation, headaches and irritated skin. or chapped, according to Health Canada.
Other recently recalled hand sanitizers include:
- Daily Shield Hand Sanitizer, manufactured by 10932540 Canada Inc./Bio Life Sciences Corp.
- Snake Lake Brewing Company – 80% Ethanol Disinfectant
Bio Life Hand Sanitizer, manufactured by 10932540 Canada Inc./Bio Life Sciences Corp.
Siding 14 Brewing Company – 80% Ethanol Disinfectant
Concept Manufacturing Ltd – 75% Ethanol Disinfectant; Sani-Soft Sanitizing Skin Cleanser
PurGerme (4 L format), made by Groupe LAV Inc.
101 Coast Distillery Hand and Surface Sanitizer
A list of previously recalled hand sanitizers can be found here.
Health Canada says it has ordered the companies affected by the recall to stop selling these products. The agency is asking those affected to report any “adverse event” or complaint about the recall to Health Canada.
Canadians are urged to consult their municipal or regional guidelines on how to properly dispose of the product. Products can also be returned to local pharmacies for disposal.
Health Canada has published a comprehensive 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 for at least 20 seconds to limit the spread of COVID-19. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available.