The Canadian government has issued advice to its citizens that more hand sanitisers are being added to a list of products to be recalled from the marketplace due to health risks.
Health Canada, the federal agency responsible for the country’s health policies, has stated that the noted products either contain ingredients that are not permitted or are incorrectly labelled and missing essential important information, reports Daily Hive.
In some cases, the sanitisers contain industrial-grade denatured alcohol DA-21 ethanol, which is not authorised for use in hand sanitisers.
Consumers have been warned to immediately stop using the affected products and consult a healthcare professional if they have used any of the products and have health concerns.
One recently added product is the Helping Hands Ethanol Sanitiser by Porter’s Tonic Inc., which contains technical grade ethanol and was sold before receiving Health Canada approval. The affected lots are also missing risk statements on the label.
According to Health Canada, industrial-grade ethanol contains impurities that are not found in the grade of ethanol authorised for use in hand sanitisers, for example, food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade ethanol.
Chemicals that may not be approved for use in hand sanitisers are added to industrial-grade ethanol.
Frequent use of these products may result in dry skin, causing irritation or cracking. Since industrial-grade ethanol has not been approved for use in hand sanitisers in Canada, the Department has not reviewed it for safety or efficacy.
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