Health Canada recalls Hiram Walker hand sanitizer over ingredient linked to skin irritation

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Hand sanitizer produced at Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. was recalled Wednesday by Health Canada.  (CBC News - image credit)
Hand sanitizer produced at Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. was recalled Wednesday by Health Canada. (CBC News - image credit)

Hand sanitizer produced by Hiram Walker & Sons Limited of Windsor, Ont., has been recalled by Health Canada after it was found to have an unauthorized ingredient that can cause skin irritation.

The company said in March 2020 it would start producing and distributing hand sanitizer.

Now, its product has been added to a growing list of sanitizers with ethyl acetate that have been recalled across the country, Health Canada said in a news release Wednesday.

Ethyl acetate may be used in glue or nail polish removers and, according to Health Canada's website, frequent use of a product with the chemical may cause dry, irritated or cracking skin.

In launching hand sanitizer, Corby Spirit and Wine, the company that manages the Hiram Walker distillery, said it would be donated "where needed" in Windsor, and it was offered to the Toronto Transit Commission.