Advisory – Contaminated Kleenex-brand Hand Sanitizer Poses Serious Risk for People with Weakened Immune Systems
OTTAWA, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ -
Kimberly-Clark Professional Corporation is voluntarily recalling
Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer due to microbial
contamination. Product testing undertaken by the company detected
bacteria that may pose serious health risks to people with weakened
(compromised) immune systems, especially those with cystic fibrosis.
The affected Kleenex Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer comes in 1 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 approximately
430 containers in total, which were distributed to retail stores and
wholesalers across Canada.
Who is affected:
Canadians with compromised immune systems, especially those with cystic
fibrosis, who have bought or used this product.
____________________________________________________________________ |What purchasers should do: | | | | -- Companies or individuals who have purchased the affected | | product for use in their facility should remove it from use.| | -- Contact the company, Kimberly-Clark Professional Corporation| | at 1-888-346-4652 for more information about the recall. | | | |What immune-compromised consumers should do: | | | | -- Do not use the affected Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand | | Sanitizer or any sanitizer which you cannot identify from a | | dispenser. | | -- Speak to your healthcare practitioner about any questions or| | concerns regarding this product. | | -- Report any adverse reaction you suspect may be related to | | this product to Health Canada (see below). | | | |____________________________________________________________________|
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is monitoring the recall and the company’s investigation
to identify and address the root cause of the contamination.
No adverse reaction reports involving the use of this product have been
reported to Health Canada. The company has also confirmed it has
received no adverse reactions reports involving the affected product to
The bacteria identified in the tested samples are from the Burkholderia cepacia group. These bacteria pose little risk to healthy Canadians, as their
bodies are able to successfully fight off infections. For someone whose
immune system has been weakened by other serious illnesses, especially
cystic fibrosis, these bacteria can cause serious infections, including
pneumonia and blood infection.
Please note only the products described below are affected by this
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report side effects to health products to Health Canada:
-- Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345 -- Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
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SOURCE Health Canada