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Heath Canada Alerts
Health Canada is advising Canadians to stop using Akwaton International Multipurpose Wipes. These disinfectant wipes are labelled to contain polyhexamethylene guanidine hydrochloride (PHMG) at a concentration of 0.05% (500 ppm). This ingredient is used as a biocidal disinfectant, but it is not approved for use in Canada. It can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction, especially in vulnerable populations such as children.
Fluid Energy Group Ltd. has distributed units of Triton Hand Sanitizer without the required risk information on the label. This hand sanitizer contains technical-grade ethanol, which Health Canada recently authorized on a temporary basis for use in hand sanitizers in Canada to help address the increased demand in response to COVID-19.
Health Canada is committed to ensuring that the medical devices available to Canadians meet the necessary safety and effectiveness standards. The Department has contactedcompanies that may be importing or distributing certain respirators, including KN95 respirators, that may not meet expected performance standards in Canada to request that they stop sale and relabel the products as face masks instead of respirators.
Based on the testing conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), Health Canada has determined that certain respirators, which have failed to demonstrate a 95% filtration rate, may pose a health and safety risk to users, when used in a setting that requires 95% filtration (such as a health care settings).