Surprise: Germ-Killing Hand Sanitizer Recalled Because of Bacterial Contamination
This Is the Sort of Thing Alanis Morissette Would Write a Song About
It's ironic, doncha think? A popular brand of hand sanitizer, meant to kill nasty germs, has been recalled because it was found to be contaminated with bacteria.
Kimberly-Clark is recalling the Kleenex brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer in Canada after testing -- by the company itself -- found bacteria that could pose major health risks to people with weakened immune systems was swimming in the sanitizer.
The foam sanitizer is especially dangerous for people with the lung disorder cystic fibrosis, reports News1120.com.
The specific bacteria found in the sanitizer poses little risk to healthy people, but for those with weakened immune systems, pneumonia and blood infection are among the risks.
The recall affects 430 containers distributed across Canada, and health officials have warned people not to use any sanitizer they can't identify by brand, such as sanitizer from a public restroom dispenser.
This is almost as disturbing as the news that one in five people 'fess up to peeing in public swimming pools.