Wipe them clean, put them back in their place and wash them again.
That’s the simple advice to follow after an outbreak of botanical and human germs in Vancouver.
A spokesperson for Health Canada says there are some guidelines to follow, and the agency has received reports of botanicals, such as rosemary, that are not suitable for people with allergies.
Some people have reported allergic reactions to rosemary that can be triggered by the presence of the chemical.
They include: rash, throat irritation, wheezing, throat tightness, wheeze, and coughing.
“A few people have described these reactions in which the person has difficulty breathing and they get an extremely sore throat,” said Sarah Bremner, an assistant professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of British Columbia.
“They also describe symptoms like redness, tingling, and swelling.
They are also concerned about the possibility of respiratory depression.”
Bremners study was done to determine how much botanical compounds might be present in some of the products.
“What we found is that the majority of these products contain botanical products that were not approved by Health Canada, and therefore are not approved for use in humans,” she said.
The agency has issued a warning for anyone who has purchased any of the seven-generation disinfectant wipe products, as well as any other disinfectant products with the word “botanical” on them.
The warning includes a link to the Health Canada website, and says the product is “non-biodegradable.”
“We recommend that people avoid using these products if they have an allergy to rosemarias,” said Bremers spokesperson, Julie Beaudoin.
The Canadian Botanical Council says it has no reason to doubt that the product was safe, and has not received any reports of adverse reactions.
Bremning says the safety of these disinfectant solutions has not been tested, and she has not heard of any problems.
“There is a risk to the human body that comes from exposure to some of these chemicals, and it is just as likely to be associated with a reaction as it is an allergic reaction,” she says.
BRemers team of researchers has been studying the compounds, and her team is working with the Botanical Conservation Society of BC, which was contracted to investigate.
BCSBC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the plant communities of British Colombia.
Its members are the communities of Caballo, Cojocaru, Cojupe, and Carrera.
They have a unique understanding of the history and ecology of botany, and they are currently investigating the safety and efficacy of the disinfectant preparations.
“The Botanical Conservancy of BC is not affiliated with Health Canada,” says the statement.
“We are aware of the concerns raised about this product.
However, Health Canada does not have the authority to approve or regulate the products we test for and that is why we have been asked to conduct a clinical study.”