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Warning: Unapproved Hand Sanitizers

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Warning: Unapproved Hand Sanitizers

Thought this deserved its own thread. People are buying hand sanitizers left and right. However, what people may not know is that they might not actually contain the correct ingredients. Some aren't even Health Canada approved (no NPN).

This can happen in big brand stores too. I bought a hand sanitizer that was under a recall from Sobeys but no longer have the receipt to return it. Smelled and felt weird when used and it wasn't like the typical hand sanitizer one would use.

FDA issued a warning today for hand sanitizers with toxic methanol that causes blindness and death:
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07 ... od-market/
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-a ... sanitizers

FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizers:
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-a ... l#products

Health Canada has a searchable list on what is approved:
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/ ... tizer.html

Google before you buy!! Tons of manufacturers trying to take advantage of the pandemic and make some quick money.
Last edited by secretalcoholic on Jul 28th, 2020 7:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Thanks OP

But shouldn't store check it before they sell? Otherwise not everyone knows this list and not everyone has data plan to check whether it's in the list when is in store

It's like store sell illegal stuff and rely on customers to validate
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smartie wrote: Thanks OP

But shouldn't store check it before they sell? Otherwise not everyone knows this list and not everyone has data plan to check whether it's in the list when is in store

It's like store sell illegal stuff and rely on customers to validate
I agree TBH, but looks like stores aren't doing that so best to protect yourself from methanol ingestion.
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smartie wrote: Thanks OP

But shouldn't store check it before they sell? Otherwise not everyone knows this list and not everyone has data plan to check whether it's in the list when is in store

It's like store sell illegal stuff and rely on customers to validate
The problem is that the store may have checked some boxes or maybe the initial sample from the supplier only to have it switched to something else later on. The stores can't check every bottle that they put on the shelf especially if it's the supplier's fault.
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its wild - every store every where has some type of sanitizer from a brand I have never heard from before.
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submalst wrote: its wild - every store every where has some type of sanitizer from a brand I have never heard from before.
It's because every company under the sun has decided to start manufacturing their own brand of hand sanitizer, and obviously some have no clue what the hell they're doing. When buying hand sanitizer I usually always try to find Purell, since it's my absolute favourite. However if it's not in stock (as it has been lately) I often look for One Step or a sanitizer made by a large company. For example, I've purchased sanitizer from Maxill and Lifebouy (Unilever) since both are manufacturers of such products normally. Lifebouy is pretty good actually, even though the smell sucks.
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I’ll stick with water/soap and handwashing
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secretalcoholic wrote: New warning...shady manufacturers now using 1-propanol which is toxic. Used as an industrial solvent.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/08 ... comments=1
Not a chemist or biologist but consumers shouldn’t have to be. Health Canada should be holding these manufacturers accountable for this attempt at cash grab.

Almost seems like they’re putting anything that kills germs in other application and calling it a day. During the early stages they were selling themselves as organic homegrown producers doing it for the people in need while the truth is they’re adapting to changing market and making a killing while at it. What’s a few people dropping dead now or much much later without knowing how they got sick. It’s what happens when people play fast and loose with the rules and we the consumers pay for it.

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