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Recalled hand sanitizer may cause serious side effects

As the popularity of using hand sanitizer rises due to recent health concerns, companies are trying to keep up with increases in demand. This increase in demand has led to consumers finding many new brands and formulas of hand sanitizers on the store shelves. One company that produces soaps and sanitizers, Sanit Technologies from Sarasota, Florida, recently issued a recall on one of its hand sanitizing products. The product being recalled is Durisan Antimicrobial Solutions Hand Sanitizer.  

What are the risks? 

Use of this hand sanitizing product, which was designed to be used when soap and water aren’t available, can cause some very serious side effects. It may contain high levels of potentially harmful bacteria including Burkholderia cepcia complex and Ralstonia picketti. These bacteria can cause infections in the lungs and bloodstream. Adverse events from using this product could include localized infections or more severe infections that could require hospitalization.  

What actions can be taken? 

The recalled product was manufactured between Feb. 1 and June 30, 2020. This product has been distributed and sold at various retailers around the country.  Consumers who bought Sanit Technologies hand sanitizer can determine if the products purchased are on the recall list based on container size, UPC or NDC. Anyone who has these specific products has the option to throw them away or return them to the retailer for a full refund. 

Anyone in Oklahoma who has experienced injury or illness related to a consumer product recall may be eligible for compensation through the civil court system. The negative side effects associated with using recalled products like this contaminated hand sanitizer can have lifelong consequences that can result in medical bills, pain and suffering, or loss of income. It can prove beneficial to speak with an attorney who has experience in personal injury claims related to product recalls to understand all of one’s available options for legal recourse.