It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding the expiration date of the hand sanitizer distributed to Neyaashiinigmiing residents. The date printed on the hand sanitizer containers is the date of production, not expiration. The batch was manufactured on various dates in April and purchased at fair-market value from an outside vendor, using funds from Indigenous Services Canada earmarked for pandemic response efforts.
Alcohol-based sanitizer does not expire predictably, but it does become less effective over time as the non-consumable alcohol evaporates. How long the sanitizer lasts depends largely on how it is stored, as the alcohol will evaporate from an open container much more quickly. Hand sanitizer will remain effective for at least two years if kept in a tightly-sealed container to prevent evaporation.