Health Canada

Health Canada

January 11, 2011 10:31 ET

Information Update/Important Information: Shandex Sales Group Urgently Recalls Alcohol Swabs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - Health Canada is informing Canadians that the Shandex Sales Group has initiated a voluntary recall of alcohol swabs (listed below) from the Canadian market. Alcohol swabs are an antiseptic skin cleanser for use prior to injection. The Shandex Sales Group is requesting that wholesalers, pharmacies and other retail locations immediately stop sale of these products.

This recall has been initiated due to concerns from a customer about potential contamination of the products with an objectionable organism, namely Bacillus cereus. Some strains of Bacillus cereus are harmful to humans and can cause foodborne illness.

Health Canada is working with the company and will monitor the recall of these products from the Canadian Market. To date, Health Canada has not received any reports of adverse reactions to these products.

Health Canada would also like to remind Canadians who have concerns about these products to consult with their health care practitioner. Should any new information be identified, Health Canada will provide an update to Canadians.


All lot numbers of alcohol swabs mentioned below are affected by this recall. The affected products have been sold in boxes of either 100 and/or 200 units. It is important to note that these products may also have been distributed to other retail locations.

Store Brand Products Retail Store
Remedy Rx Remedy Rx
Uniprix (Option+) Uniprix and PharmaChoice
Life Brand Shoppers Drug Mart
Equate Walmart
Personelle Jean Coutu
Katz Group stores (Pharma Plus, Medicine Shoppe etc.)
See for the list of stores
Loblaws stores
See for the list of stores

To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:

- Fax: 1-866-678-6789

- Internet:

- Mail: Canada Vigilance Program
  Marketed Health Products Directorate
  Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E
  K1A 0K9

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