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May 1, 2020: Safety Bulletin - ALERT: Hand Sanitizers that Look Like Drinks

In this time of shortages across the country, many companies have taken up the call to manufacture hand sanitizers, so there is greater access to these products. There is a risk that hand sanitizer will be swallowed by accident by an adult or child when it is provided in containers that are usually used for drinks such as soda, water, and alcoholic beverages. ISMP Canada received a recent report from a concerned consumer about a hand sanitizer being sold in a grocery store. He picked up a bottle thinking it contained a drink but soon realized it was hand sanitizer. The consumer shared that the product inside the bottle was a liquid, not a gel—it looked just like water. He was concerned that the product would be mistaken for water and ingested. Read more ...