CANADA: Hand sanitizer meant to kill germs recalled due to bacterial contamination
Posted: June 29th, 2012 - 10:57am
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
TORONTO -- A hand sanitizer meant to protect people from germs is being recalled because of bacterial contamination, Health Canada said Thursday.
Kimberly-Clark is recalling its Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer after company testing detected bacteria that may pose serious health risks to people with weakened immune systems, especially those with the lung disorder cystic fibrosis.
The bacteria identified in the tested samples are from the Burkholderia cepacia group. These bacteria pose little risk to healthy people, but for those with immune systems weakened by other illnesses, the microbes can cause serious problems, including pneumonia and blood infection.
The affected hand sanitizer comes in one-litre and 1.2-litre containers, and is used in large-volume dispensers, such as those found in public areas and workspaces.
The recall affects about 430 containers, which were distributed to retail stores and wholesalers across Canada.