This is no time to facepalm

If your childhood self used to think that germs came from, um, Germany, here’s just the Canadian story you need:

A hand sanitizer meant to protect people from germs is being recalled because of bacterial contamination, Health Canada said Thursday.

Kimberly-Clark is recalling its Kleenex-brand Luxury Foam Hand Sanitizer after company testing detected bacteria that may pose serious health risks to people with weakened immune systems, especially those with the lung disorder cystic fibrosis.

The microorganism involved is Burkholderia cepacia, which is not only nasty but downright durable: “The bacterium is so hardy, it has been found to persist in betadine (a common topical antiseptic).”

(Via Fark, where it got the IRONIC tag.)


  1. Brett »

    29 June 2012 · 7:32 am

    In related news, the White House continues to try to deal with the stubborn Ericholder coverupica virus that won’t go away either…

  2. CGHill »

    29 June 2012 · 8:27 am

    That, however, is technically a parasite, which can be removed by isolating and decontaminating the host.

  3. McGehee »

    29 June 2012 · 8:51 am

    I’m not so sure the host didn’t infect the parasite, this time around.

  4. CGHill »

    29 June 2012 · 9:22 am

    Compatible metabolisms, either way.

  5. fillyjonk »

    29 June 2012 · 11:56 am

    Hot water and soap. And not antibacterial, either. I know people who are of the belief that antibacterial stuff will kill us all, by providing the selection regime for strains of super-bacteria.

    Of course, during the last flu outbreak, they installed hand santizer dispensers all over campus – even in the labs, where there’s a perfectly good sink and a bottle of liquid soap.

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