Canada-wide recall issued for hand sanitizer due to 'serious health risks'

Health Canada is advising Canadians that a brand of hand sanitizer is being recalled because it may pose “serious health risks.”

The department is requesting a recall of PURE75 gel hand sanitizer (NPN 80098346) after it tested the product and found that it contains “an undeclared impurity, methanol, at elevated levels,” according to a release.

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Health Canada has also suspended the product licence for PURE75 gel hand sanitizer (NPN 80098346). This means that it is illegal for any person or company to sell this product in the country. It has also requested that the importer, Haywick Industries, stop selling and recall this product. So far, the company has not complied.

Methanol can cause serious health issues and is not authorized for use in hand sanitizers.

Frequent exposure to hand sanitizers containing elevated levels of methanol may cause skin irritation, eye irritation, breathing problems, and headaches. If swallowed, methanol can cause severe adverse reactions, including death.

— Vancouver is Awesome

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