TORONTO — Health Canada is recalling six types of hand sanitizers sold in Canadian stores that are made with industrial-grade ethanol.
The recall, issued Saturday, advises anyone with the products in their home to stop using them immediately and consult a healthcare professional if they experience health concerns. Frequent use of these products may lead to dry skin, causing irritation or cracking.
The industrial-grade ethanol found in the products is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers and may contain impurities, Health Canada said.
The recalled products include:
- Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer – 70 % Ethyl Alcohol, made by Eltraderm Limited
- Hand Sanitizer, made by Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.
- Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer, made by Nature’s Own Cosmetic Company Inc.
- Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol, made by Sanilabs Inc.
- Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd.
- Hand Sanitizer Désinfectant pour les mains, made by Walker Emulsions Ltd.
Health Canada has released a full list of approved hand sanitizers that are safe for everyday use.
Canadians continue to be urged to wash their hands regularly to limit the spread of COVID-19.