Hand sanitizer containing high levels of acetaldehyde impurity can increase the risk of cancer.
Health Canada is warning Canadians that a brand of hand sanitizer is being recalled because it may pose “health risks.”
The Canadian National Pharma Group (CN Pharma) is recalling certain lots of its hand sanitizer sprays because they “contain technical grade ethanol and high levels of acetaldehyde.”
Technical grade ethanol contains more impurities than pharmaceutical and food grade ethanol.
Hand sanitizer containing high levels of acetaldehyde impurity can increase the risk of cancer. This risk is thought to increase with use (for example, frequent applications over a long period of time)
The disinfectant is a topical liquid listed as 80% ethyl alcohol. The NPN listed is 80098091.
The lots or serial numbers listed are as follows:
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 wastes; Where
- Return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal
- Contact the company if you would like more information on the recall
- Consult your healthcare professional if you have used these products and have any health problems.
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 approved for sale in Canada. Check out these resources for more information:
Report any adverse event or complaint about a health product to Health Canada.