Energizer Personal Care Canada to increase production of Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes to help keep families healthy and help prevent the spread of germs



    
    EPC forecasting increased demand from retailers due to experience during
    SARS outbreak in 2003
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 1 /CNW/ - In response to recent swine flu/H1N1
outbreaks in Canada and around the world, Energizer Personal Care Canada
announced today it has dramatically increased production on its Wet Ones(R)
antibacterial wipes and is working closely with retailers, in order to meet
the increased demand and to help Canadians stay healthy.
    The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health
Organization (WHO) have advised that hand washing is the first line of defense
against infection. When soap and water are not available, antibacterial
disposable hand wipes such as Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes can be used. The
ingredients in the Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes will kill germs on your
hands.
    "During the SARS outbreak in 2003 Canadians turned to Wet Ones(R)
antibacterial wipes as a proven, easy method to help avoid the spread of germs
and help keep their families healthy. Retailers ran out of Wet Ones(R)
antibacterial wipes and we were unable to meet consumer demand," says Carolyn
Wolkowich, brand manager for Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes. "We are taking
what we learned from 2003 and are working closely with retailers across Canada
to ensure that Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes are fully stocked and available
for consumers."
    Germs spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with
bacteria and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth. Wet Ones(R) antibacterial
wipes are an easy, quick solution to keep hands clean when on the go. Based on
laboratory microbiological testing, Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes kills
germs and cleans hands by removing dirt and grime because they are a wipe.
    "Washing your hands with soap and water is always recommended, however
the reality is that there are times when you just can't get to a sink," said
Charles Slife, Ph.D. and Vice President of Research and Development at
Energizer Personal Care. "A product like Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes can
help keep hands clean and help families stay healthy when soap and water are
not available."
    Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes are useful for situations when families
come into contact with germs in public areas. Consider using antibacterial
wipes to sanitize hands on the go. For example:
    
    -  School - Pack in the backpack so kids can use them as needed prior to
       lunch, after recess, between classes or when riding the bus

    -  Playground visits - Add to your diaper bag or purse for use after
       touching the jungle gym, ride-on toys, park benches or sandboxes

    -  Commute to work - Bring in your purse or briefcase when coming into
       contact with banisters, elevators, escalators and mass transit

    -  At work - Keep at your desk to reduce germs on hands after using
       computer keyboards, phones, meeting rooms or shared kitchens

    -  Travel - To wipe hands after touching tray tables, blankets or luggage
       during airplane, bus or train rides (avoid the hassle of liquid gels
       at airline security)

    -  Shopping - Store in your car after touching money, common dressing
       rooms or restaurant visits
    

    About Wet Ones(R) Products

    Wet Ones(R) is a registered trademark of Playtex Products, Inc., whose
parent company is Energizer Holdings, Inc. Wet Ones(R) antibacterial wipes
help consumers worldwide stay healthy and keep their hands clean.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Newlands, Paradigm Public Relations,
(416) 203-2223 ext. 226, cnewlands@paradigmpr.ca

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