Recall issued for multiple hand sanitizers

A person using hand sanitizer. (Photo from Pikist)

Health Canada has issued a recall for several types of hand sanitizers that may cause dry, cracking skin or irritation.

In a release Saturday, the department said the recall impacts hand sanitizers that contain industrial-grade ethanol, a product which has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada, meaning it has not been reviewed by Health Canada for safety or efficacy.

The affected products include Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer – 70 % Ethyl Alcohol, Contract Packaging Distributions Inc. Hand Sanitizer, Nature’s Own Cosmetic Company Inc. Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer, Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol, and Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer.

Canadians are asked to stop using the products listed above,  properly dispose the materials, and to consult a healthcare professional if you have used these products and have health concerns.

Health Canada says hand sanitizers that have been authorized will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the product label — for the full list, click here.