Microbial Contamination Leads to Hand Sanitizer Recall

26 lots of hand sanitizer were found to have high levels of two different bacteria.

Hand sanitizer should do just that: sanitize. But what if it’s contaminated to begin with? You’d think the liquid would just kill the germs, right? Well you’d think wrong. A recent Miami Herald article noted the nationwide recall of Durisan hand sanitizer after finding microbial contamination, high levels of Burkholderia cepcia complex and Ralstonia picketti.

The recall notice, issued by the company, notes that using the hand sanitizer with an open wound could cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The recall includes 26 lots of hand sanitizer in six different sizes of dispenser. Customers in possession of products from the affected lots are advised to return them to the store of purchase for a full refund, or “destroy it immediately.”

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