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Safety alert: Canada-wide recall issued for hand sanitizer due to 'health risks'

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Health Canada is advising Canadians that a brand of hand sanitizer is being recalled in February 2022 because it may pose "health risks." Photo: Hand sanitizer / Getty Images

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

Newfoundland Labrador Liquid Corporation is recalling numerous lots of its Alcohol Antiseptic 80% (v/v) Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer, according to a product recall notification posted Tuesday (Feb. 8). 

The affected products pose a health risk because they may contain an acetaldehyde concentration that is outside the acceptable limit.

Consumers should stop using the recalled product and contact their doctor if they have any of them or any health concerns. 

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Photo via Health Canada

What you should do 

  • Stop using the products identified in the table.
  • Follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste; or
  • Return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal
  • Contact the company if you would like more information about the recall
  • Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Consult these resources for more information:

Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.