Mexican Hand Sanitizer Import Alert [US]

US FlagUS/Silver Spring: Logo - The US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA")The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), a Silver Spring, Maryland-based statutory regulatory and food safety authority, places all Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers manufactured in Mexico on a countrywide Import Alert to help stop products that appear to be in violation from entering the United States until the FDA is able to review the products’ safety.

This Import Alert was initiated due to a sharp increase in Hand Sanitizer products manufactured in  Mexico that were labeled to contain Ethanol (also known as Ethyl Alcohol) as an active agent but instead tested positive for Methanol contamination. Methanol, or Wood Alcohol, is an industrial-use substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested and can result in Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Blurred Vision, Permanent Blindness, Seizures, Coma, permanent damage to the Nervous System and/or Death.

FDA: http://ht.ly/nBuU30ruMK9

Direct link: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-takes-action-place-all-alcohol-based-hand-sanitizers-mexico-import

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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports its analyses of Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers imported from Mexico found eighty-four percent (84%) of the samples analyzed by the agency from April through December 2020 were not in compliance with the FDA’s safety regulations, as follows:

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EU issues 75 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 28/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing seventy five (75) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/afjI30qXHdZ

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=10000002&Year=2020&lng=en

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Shanghai Lansheng N95 Respirator Mask Warning [Canada]

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Canada/Ottawa: Logo - Health CanadaHealth Canada, an Ottawa, Ontario regulatory and safety authority, warns Canadians against buying and/or using reportedly counterfeit N95 Respirator Masks made by Shanghai Lansheng Light Industrial Products due to suspected failure to protect wearers against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and consequential risk of COVID-19 (also known as “Coronavirus”) infection as well as consequential heart, lung and kidney, brain damage, all serious health and safety hazards.

HCSC: http://ht.ly/EbIH30qXb2d

Direct link: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/73493a-eng.php

Additional information:
Health Canada/Santé Canada (“HCSC”) reports that it has received reports that counterfeit N95 Respirator Masks produced by Shanghai Lansheng Light Industrial Products have been marketed, sold and delivered in Canada. These products falsely claim to protect wearers against COVID-19 and are reportedly being sold to Canadians online and in some retail stores.

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EU issues 37 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 27/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing thirty seven (37) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/UoYX30qVMWh

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=10000001&Year=2020&lng=en

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EU issues 44 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 26/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing forty four (44) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/p9tr30qTxtY

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=10000000&Year=2020&lng=en

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EU issues 45 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 20/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing forty five (45) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/k0Cl30qGl5k

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=21&Year=2020&lng=en

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EU issues 29 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 19/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing twenty nine (29) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/V91o30qErpO

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=20&Year=2020&lng=en

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EU issues 37 Product, Toy & Vehicle Recalls

European Union FlagBelgium/Brussels: The European Union issues Report 17/2020 of its Rapid Alert System containing thirty seven (37) consumer, automotive, commercial and industrial-based product recalls; a must-read for parents, caregivers, drivers, health and safety workers, company owners, healthcare workers and others: http://ht.ly/EDwg30qAx5r

Direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/?event=main.weeklyOverview&web_report_id=18&Year=2020&lng=en

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SARS-CoV-2 (“Coronavirus” / “COVID-19”) Update

Logo - Living SafelyA message from the Managing Director of Recalls Direct, a global health initiative of Living Safely:

Our regional health teams, in-house clinicians and medical advisors recognize this is a difficult time for people dealing with the global SARS-CoV-2 (“Coronavirus” / “COVID-19”) pandemic. We further recognize this is a very serious, emerging and rapidly evolving situation requiring global agency cooperation. We fully support the efforts of the World Health Organization and regional heath authorities in this pandemic. If you a clinician or other heath care provider, please visit the WHO site for technical guidance here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance-publications.

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