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LETTER: Not all sanitizing products are safe

Be sure any hand sanitizer you buy is a reputable product and safe to use. — Reuters file photo

I was trolling on my computer yesterday and found a very long list of supposedly safe anti-virus cleaning solutions, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and the like, all of which are in trouble with the authorities looking out for dangerous products; these toxic products are dangerous to the health of users, even extending to life-threatening mixtures containing methanol. Health Canada has issued a warning.

I hope that strongly not only will the average citizen be on the lookout for any such products and avoid them, but that hospitals and medical clinics, hotels, restaurants, bars, offices, summer camps and recreational centres and the general public will search online for this list of products and be forewarned and do not use them. They also must be disposed of safely. Fish and aquatic species need to be protected from products dumped into drains and sewers and rivers and ponds — and for that matter, salt water recreational areas, too.

To think that there are hundreds of products which actually can endanger one’s health, being sold as if they were safe to use — it’s a shocking indictment of industry and supposed professional manufacturers of such products. And home-made remedies containing bleach can be highly dangerous to everyone’s health, so be warned if you are into making your own sanitizing solutions.

The list of products is on the web. Best of luck!

Judy Gibson
St. John’s


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