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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 13, 2020
P.E.I.-based Biovectra has had its hand sanitizer products recalled by Health Canada.
BioVectra said in a statement on Monday to The Guardian that it produced and distributed sanitizers to the P.E.I. government and a few organizations, although it didn't specify which organizations.
"Recently, Health Canada expressed concern in regard to our product and its potential to create a mild rash when used excessively. BioVectra has not received any reports of this mild rash occurring from any of the organizations we distributed the product to. However, out of an abundance of caution, BioVectra is recalling this product as requested by Health Canada," according to the statement.
The company also said it is proud of its contributions to the fight against COVID-19.
In April, it was reported that BioVectra would be producing a surface sanitizer and a topical gel hand sanitizer for P.E.I.'s health system and other essential services.
One of the organizations that was using sanitizers from BioVectra was the P.E.I. government. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, Infrastructure said that the province purchased about 10,000 litres of sanitizer from BioVectra for $115,000 plus tax. All unused products have been removed from government buildings and replaced with a sanitizer approved by Health Canada.
The spokesperson added that the department didn't receive any complaints related to the product's use.