With an increasing demand for hand sanitizers and disinfectant products, many manufacturers have shifted their production in order to bring these important products to the marketplace. What many do not know is some ingredients and impurities that appear in their products, while safe for use in industrial, commercial, or manufacturing contexts may not be safe for direct use on human skin.
Health Canada has established guidelines specifically for the production of hand sanitizers and disinfectant products. These guidelines must be followed in order to ensure the safety of products intended for consumer use. The grade and quality of ingredients, presence of impurities, and the use of denaturants are among the many factors that could result in a product recall if the guidelines are not followed.
Two unauthorized denaturants have been found in hand sanitizers sold in Canada:
Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing ethyl acetate may cause dry skin, leading to irritation or cracking
Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing methanol may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation, and headaches
An ISO 17025 certified and Health Canada Licensed Analytical Testing Lab, regularly tests hand sanitizers and disinfectant products to ensure they comply with Health Canada standards.
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Efficacy Testing
Testing to confirm that a hand sanitizer or disinfectant can eliminate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, provides consumers and organizations peace of mind knowing they are directly eliminating the virus.
Most products on the market are tested for the elimination of different bacteria like E-Coli and Salmonella, and viruses that are similar to SARS-CoV-2. However, few are actually tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself.
Labofine offers testing against the SARS-CoV-2 to certify that a hand sanitizer or disinfectant product can effectively eliminate the virus.
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