Two deaths linked to Hand Sanitizer
Health Canada is working with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario regarding two deaths associated with the ingestion of "Bodico Hand Sanitizer".
Health Canada is reminding consumers that the labels of hand sanitizers advise external use only and as such, the product should never be ingested.
Testing undertaken by Ontarios Centre of Forensic Sciences of two bottles of Bodico Hand Sanitizer associated with the deaths found the product contained methanol, an undeclared ingredient, and not ethyl alcohol, the active ingredient listed for the product.
Methanol is a highly toxic alcohol that, if ingested, can cause blindness or death.
High amounts of methanol applied to the skin can cause irritation and inflammation.