Late this afternoon news broke that Kleenex's Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer was being recalled in Canada over fears that the toiletry could be contaminated with bacteria.
Fortunately, this recall only affects about 430 units and those were all "bulk" sizes intended for placement in large-size dispensers. The good news is that the problem was found by the company that makes the sanitizer--Kimberly-Clark--and neither Kimberly-Clark nor Health Canada has received any reports of this bacteria actually affecting anyone who may have used the product.
So just how does a germ wind up in a batch of hand sanitizer in the first place? Well, the germ at the center of this recall is Burkholderia cepacia and is a particularly stout little bugger. It is one of the germs that can live quite happily in antiseptic products like hand sanitizers and mouthwashes. In 1998 the bacterium prompted a recall of hospital-dispensed mouthwash; 4 years prior it was found in an over-the-counter nasal spray. And it's especially dangerous to people with cystic fibrosis.
As far as I can tell this product was sold only in Canada and that country's main health agency, Health Canada, is urging anyone who finds this product in their home or workplace to remove it from use immediately. Then call Kimberly-Clark, the agency advises.