OTTAWA, ON, September 23, 2021 / CNW / –
Product: PURE75 gel hand sanitizer (NPN 80098346), imported by Haywick Industries.
Problem: The product contains methanol, which can present serious health risks. The product label also lacks important safety information and directions for use.
What to do: Stop using this product. Consult a healthcare practitioner if you have used it and have any health problems. If product is swallowed, call a poison control center or seek medical advice immediately. Keep all hand sanitizers out of the reach of children.
Health Canada has suspended the product license for PURE75 Hand Sanitizer Gel (NPN 80098346) due to health risks. The Department tested the product and found it to contain an undeclared impurity, methanol, at high levels. Methanol can cause serious health problems and its use is not permitted in hand sanitizers.
Frequent exposure to hand sanitizers containing high levels of methanol can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, breathing problems, and headaches. If swallowed, methanol can cause serious side effects, including death.
The product label for PURE75 also does not contain important safety information and directions for use, including the following warnings:
Children under two years old should not use this product
Supervise children when using this product
Call a poison control center and get medical help if the product is swallowed.
Keep away from open flames and sources of heat; and
Use the product occasionally
A product license suspension means that it is illegal for any person or business to sell this product in Canada. Health Canada asked the importer, Haywick Industries, to stop selling and recall this product. To date, the company has not followed up on this request. In addition, Health Canada has suspended the operating license of Haywick Industries, which means it cannot manufacture, package, label or import hand sanitizer products. Health Canada advises retailers to stop selling this product and consumers to stop using it.
If other products or safety concerns are identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and notify Canadians as necessary.
What you should do
Stop using this product.
Consult a healthcare practitioner if you have used this product and have any health concerns.
Keep all hand sanitizers out of the reach of children.
Never eat or drink hand sanitizer, as swallowing even small amounts can be dangerous or fatal. If swallowed, call a poison control center or seek medical advice immediately.
Report any side effects or complaints from a health product to Health Canada.
Health Canada also maintains a list of recalled hand sanitizers and encourages Canadians to consult it for updates.
PURE75 hand sanitizer gel (NPN 80098346), imported by Haywick Industries
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SOURCE Health Canada
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