Health Canada recalls six hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol

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.


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