Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks

Starting date:
June 17, 2020
Posting date:
September 14, 2020
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-73385

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Hand sanitizers that may pose health risks.
  • Issue: Certain hand sanitizers are being recalled because they either contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada or are not properly labelled and are missing important information.
  • What to do: Stop using the identified product lots below. Consult your health care professional if you have used any of these products and have health concerns. Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada. See the additional information on buying health products safely in the links below.

Issue

Certain lots of hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they:

  • contain ingredients that are not permitted by Health Canada; or
  • are not properly labelled and are missing important information

These products are listed in the table below. The table contains information about the reason for the recall including the use of unacceptable ingredients, and their associated risks.

Health Canada will update this list if there are other affected products. Canadians are encouraged to consult the list regularly for updates.

What you should do

  • Stop using the products identified in the table.
    • Follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste; or
    • Return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal
  • Contact the company if you would like more information about the recall
  • Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Consult:

Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.

Background

The COVID-19 outbreak has created a high demand for hand sanitizers. To increase the supply, Health Canada has taken several measures, including permitting the temporary use of technical-grade ethanol in alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Manufacturers wishing to use technical-grade ethanol must choose from a list of Health Canada-authorized suppliers. They must receive a No Objection Letter from us before they can manufacture or distribute the product.

Technical-grade ethanol contains more impurities than pharmaceutical- and food-grade ethanol. Therefore, manufacturers must include the following risk statements on their product labels:

  • Under Medicinal Ingredients: "Ethanol XX% (technical-grade)"
  • Under Directions: "Adults only"
  • Under Warnings: "Do not use on broken or damaged skin," "Not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding" and "Do not inhale"
  • Include a statement for consumers: "Report any incident to Health Canada"
  • Under Questions: "Call 1-866-234-2345 to report any adverse reaction"

Hand sanitizers that contain unacceptable grades of ethanol or denaturants that are not approved for sale in Canada have not been reviewed for safety or efficacy. Denaturants are added to ethanol to make it taste bad, to discourage the unintentional ingestion of hand sanitizers, especially by children.

Two unauthorized denaturants have been found in hand sanitizers sold in Canada:

  • Ethyl acetate: Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing ethyl acetate may cause dry skin, leading to irritation or cracking
  • Methanol: Frequent use of hand sanitizer containing methanol may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches

Affected products

Certain hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol

Product description

Affected products
Product Reason for recall Recalling company NPN or DIN Affected lot number(s) Expiry date Date added
204 Hand Sanitizer Not authorized for sale in Canada; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol; some lots contain technical-grade ethanol; missing risk statements 204 Spirits Inc. None All All 2020-08-20
Adclean (Technical) Contains unacceptable ingredient, ethyl acetate Adfast Canada Inc. 80098241 200423-114854 April 2022 2020-07-10
Adclean (Technical) Contains unacceptable ingredient, ethyl acetate Adfast Canada Inc. 80098241 200505-114929 May 2022 2020-07-10
Agape Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Formula A Inc. 80099669 (does not appear on the label) 080620 June 2022 2020-07-17
Aktif Antiseptique instantané pour les mains Contains unacceptable ingredient, ethyl acetate Laboratoire Hygienex Inc. 80098088 189665189574 May 2022 2020-06-10
Alco-Klean / Magiechem Inc. - Assainisseur À Base D'Éthanol 80%V/V Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Magiechem Inc. 80099007 16679-200421 Not printed on the label 2020-07-17
Ascencia Désinfectant pour les mains Incorrect NPN; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol; missing risk statements Arclay Natural Technologies

80098625 appears on the label, which is the wrong NPN.

80100505 is the correct NPN.

EN142 May 2022 2020-07-06
Avery Essentials Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Universal Consumer Brands 80099591 20E31A May 2023 2020-06-24
Avery Essentials Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Universal Consumer Brands 80099412 20C30A
20D19A
April 2023 2020-06-24
Avery Essentials Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Universal Consumer Brands 80099412 20E08A
20E01A
May 2023 2020-06-24
Bath Springs Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol South Ridge Packing Co. Ltd. 80099105 20200418
20200421
20200422
20200423
20200424
20200427
20200428
20200429
20200430
April 2022 2020-09-14
Bath Springs Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol South Ridge Packing Co. Ltd. 80099105 20200501
20200504
20200505
20200507
20200513
20200514
May 2022 2020-09-14
Bath Springs Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol South Ridge Packing Co. Ltd. 80099105 20200602
20200608
June 2022 2020-09-14
Biogel  Contains unacceptable ingredient, ethyl acetate Groupe Savon Olympics, Inc. 80098684 0D991
0D992
0D963
0D964
0E998
0E997
0E994
April 2022 2020-07-03
BioOrigin Pure Hands Antibacterial Hand Gel Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Mineral Origin Inc. 80098887 12020
12720-2
14020
14320
October 2021
November 2021
November 2021
November 2021
2020-07-30
BioOrigin Pure Hands Antibacterial Hand Gel Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Mineral Origin Inc. None 09920
10020
10520
10620
11120
11220
12020
12720
13320
14020
14620
Not printed on the label 2020-07-30
Biovectra Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80097796 53473 September 2020 2020-07-21
Biovectra Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80097796 53999 December 2020 2020-07-21
Biovectra Hand Sanitizer - Topical Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80099246 53491
53509
53518
53583
April 2021 2020-07-21
Biovectra Hand Sanitizer - Topical Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80099246 53815
53875
53833
May 2021 2020-07-21
Biovectra Hand Sanitizer - Topical Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80099246 53948 June 2021 2020-07-21
Blindman Brewing Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Blindman Brewing Inc. 80098092 S-20200426
S-20200427
S-20200427-2
S-20200428
September 2020 2020-09-14
Blindman Brewing Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Blindman Brewing Inc. 80098092 S-20200501-1
S-20200501-2
S-20200504
S-20200515
S-20200530
October 2020 2020-09-14
Blindman Brewing Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Blindman Brewing Inc. 80098092 S-20200606 November 2020 2020-09-14
Blindman Brewing Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Blindman Brewing Inc. 80098092 S-20200812 January 2021 2020-09-14
Clean & Green Hand Sanitizer Gel Contains unacceptable ingredients, methanol and ethyl acetate Hope, Grace and Healing, DBA HgH Integrative Aromatics 80100887 00158 May 2022 2020-08-04
Clean & Green Hand Sanitizer Gel Contains unacceptable ingredients, methanol and ethyl acetate Hope, Grace and Healing, DBA HgH Integrative Aromatics 80100887 00161 June 2022 2020-08-04
Clean Freak Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2006
HS2007
HS2012
HS2013
May 2021 2020-09-14
Clean Freak Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2014
HS2015
June 2021 2020-09-14
Clean Freak Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2016
HS2017
HS2018
July 2021 2020-09-14
Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate DashVapes Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 1258969 April 10, 2021 2020-06-11
Defend Gel Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Corporate Facility Supply, Inc. 80100149 20132
20136
20140
May 2022 2020-07-21
Dermogen Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Inter Cosmetiques Inc. 80098142 J20HG001
J20HG002
J20HG003
J20HG004
J20HG005
J20HG006
J20HG007
J20HG008
J20HG009
J20HG010
J20HG011
J20HG012
J20HG013
J20HG014
May 2022 2020-07-27
Désinfectant Mousseux Pour les Mains Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Solutions Enviro-Formula, Inc. 80101041 PFFM02200610
PFFM01200610
PFFM03200610
PFFM01200608
PFFM02200605
Not printed on the label 2020-07-21
Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer-70% Ethyl Alcohol Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Eltraderm Limited 80098540 0217 April 2022 2020-06-06
eSafe Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Groupe Enov, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 20-115
20-120
20-121
April 2021 2020-07-03
eSafe Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Groupe Enov, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 20-125
20-126
20-181
May 2021 2020-07-03
Facility Plus Complete Facility Services-Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate The A&J Power Group Inc., DBA Facility Plus Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 07222 May 2022 2020-07-21
Farmessentials Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2008
HS2009
May 2021 2020-09-14
Farmessentials Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2010 June 2021 2020-09-14
Frid + Russell Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Green Dolphin Systems Corp. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) All. Lot number not printed on the label. Not printed on the label. 2020-07-10
Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Nature's Own Cosmetic Company Inc. 80100166 118 mL format
L00521024
L00521025
L00525006 236 mL format
L00527003
L00528001
L00530003
L00525016
L00526003
L00526011
L00527001
L00528011
L00530002
L00531002 3785 mL format
L00515003
May 2022 2020-06-09
Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredients,  methanol and ethyl acetate Nature's Own Cosmetics Company 80100166 L00420003
L00425001
L00427007
L00501001
April 2022 2020-06-17
Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredients,  methanol and ethyl acetate Nature's Own Cosmetics Company 80100166 L00512004 May 2022 2020-06-17
Gel Antiseptique Pour Les Mains Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Mégalab Inc. 80015567 5135
5137
5138
5139
5142
5144
5149
5151
5152
5160
March 2022 2020-06-22
Gel désinfectant pour les mains Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Solutions Enviro-Formula, Inc. 80100221 PFGA20052201
PFGA1200512
PFFG01200604
PFFG01200529
PFFG02200525
PFFG04200527
Not printed on the label 2020-07-21
Gentle Hand Sanitizer With Aloe Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Angel Cosmoceuticals, Inc. 80098753 N753-01
N753-02
N753-03
N753-04
N753-05
N753-06
May 2022 2020-07-21
Germ Eliminator Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol 677042 Ontario Ltd. (DBA Donview Manufacturing) 80101737 150301 December 2020 2020-07-10
Germ Eliminator Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol 677042 Ontario Ltd. (DBA Donview Manufacturing) 80101737 150302 December 2020 2020-07-10
Germ Eliminator Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate 677042 Ontario Ltd. (DBA Donview Manufacturing) 80101737 150304 December 2023 2020-07-10
Germzero Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Flash Beauté Inc. 80099604 243601 November 2022 2020-06-22
Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Contract Packaging Distributions Inc. 80098453 8613026
8613042
8613048
8613055
8613057
8613058
8613061
8613064
8613066
April 2022 2020-06-06
Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate JIS Enterprises Inc. (DBA JIS Specialty Products) 80099670 11042020
16042020
21042020
23042020
April 2022 2020-07-27
Hand Sanitizer Alco-San Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 03130
03310
04070
51420-20
Not printed on the label 2020-06-30
Hand Sanitizer Alco-San Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 51420-21
51520-20
Not printed on the label 2020-07-03
Hand Sanitizer
Désinfectant pour les mains
Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Walker Emulsions Ltd. 80100040 210061 Not printed on the label 2020-06-06
Hand Sanitizer Mano-San Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Shifaah Health 80100572 04070 April 2022 2020-07-21
Healthcare Plus Sanitizing Hand Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient, ethyl acetate The Color Group, Division of Canadian Custom Packaging 80002430 024002
024012
024022
021032
024042
024072
024082
024092
024003           
April 2022 2020-06-30
Holistic Living 70% Alcohol Disinfectant Antiseptic Not authorized for sale in Canada; Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Lusty Libation, Inc. None ISO007 May 2023 2020-09-04
Isogel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Lalema Inc. 80098996 5900 0004 May 13, 2021 2020-06-11
Kleen RX Hand Sanitizer Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Spa Dent, Inc. 80098426 2010810 April 2023 2020-07-21
KS-Progel Plus Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Delta Pharma Inc. 80097773 200417 April 2022 2020-07-27
Manogel  Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Constant America 80098846 04291
04292
04293
04295
04301
04321
March 2022 2020-07-03
Manogel  Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Constant America 80098846 04351 April 2022 2020-07-21
MB Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Multi-Blend Ltd. 80099571 May 5, 2020
May 6, 2020
May 11, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 14, 2020
May 19, 2020
May 28, 2020
May 2022 2020-07-21
MB Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Multi-Blend Ltd. 80099571 June 3, 2020
June 16, 2020
June 2022 2020-07-21
Med Clean Hand Sanitizer Incorrect NPN; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol; missing risk statements Brands International Corporation 80021511 20100001 April 9, 2023 2020-06-24
Noteworthy Handrub Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol The Dubh Glas Distillery Inc. 80098926 20200417
20200529
Not printed on the label 2020-09-14
Opti-Max Opti-Pure Incorrect NPN; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol; missing risk statements Brands International Corporation 80021511 20100001 May 2022 2020-07-30
Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Applied Lubrication Technology 80098373 20-070
20-083
20-366
20-367
20-368
20-369
20-370
20-371
20-372
20-373
Not printed on the label 2020-06-10
Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements Applied Lubrication Technology Inc. 80098373 20-0110
20-0111
20-0112
20-0113
20-0114
20-0115
20-0116
20-0117
Not printed on the label 2020-07-06
Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements Applied Lubrication Technology Inc. 80098373 20-075 to 20-082
20-084 to 20-100 
20-103 to 20-144 
20-148 to 20-209 
20-211 to 20-295 
20-298 to 20-306 
20-310 to 20-312 
20-314 to 20-330 
20-338 to 20-363 
20-397
20-405
20-419
20-421
20-422
20-426
20-427
Not printed on the label 2020-06-24
Purus                     Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Pharmalab, Inc. 80097823 B010454
B010486
B010534
B010535
B010591
B010592
B010593
B010594
B010595
B010596
B010915
B010975
B010981           
April 2022 2020-07-21
Sanatouch Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Bio Organic Solutions Corp.            80098484 200409-1 April 2022 2020-07-27
Sanify Hand Sanitizer Product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol; missing risk statements Lusty Libation, Inc. 80099248 LotSan005
LotSan006
LotSan007
LotSan008
April 2023- June 2023 2020-07-06
Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Sanilabs Inc. 80098769 6069 April 20, 2022 2020-06-06
Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Sanilabs Inc. 80098769 6075 April 28, 2022 2020-06-06
Sanitagel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Jefo Nutrition, Inc. 80098567 07820R414
08520R414
08720R414
March 2021 2020-07-03
Sanitagel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  methanol Jefo Nutrition, Inc. 80098567 09020R414
09320R414
April 2021 2020-07-03
Septeeze Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Les Produits Ultrapro, Inc. 80098001 0155505
0155405
0155805
0156505
May 2022 2020-07-21
Smart Care Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate R&D Technical Solutions Ltd. 80099110 005154
005155
May 2022 2020-06-10
Solution Hydro-Alcoolique Pour Les Mains Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol 9376-5576 Québec Inc., DBA Les Produits PGM 80101326 03-06-22 June 2022 2020-08-21
Tekare Instant Hand Cleanser Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate TEKPolymer Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on the label) HG200320 (not printed on the label) April 2023 2020-06-22
Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70% Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Tidol Corporation 80099632 7080 April 2022 2020-06-10
Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 65% Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Upstreet Craft Brewing 80098137 A
B
April 2022 2020-07-27
Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 80% Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Upstreet Craft Brewing 80100114 C April 2022 2020-07-27
Vima-San Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) 02200
02270
03130
03310
Not printed on the label 2020-06-30
Vima-San Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Green Dolphin Systems Corp. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label) All. Lot number not printed on the label. Not printed on the label 2020-07-10
Visibly Clean Hand Sanitizer Not authorized for sale in Canada Brands International Corporation None All All 2020-06-24
Vitalpur Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Laboratoire Capillaire Guy Décaux 80100023 1
2
3
7
8
9
10
Not printed on the label 2020-07-10
Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Walker Emulsions Ltd. 80098678 209638 Not printed on the label 2020-06-06
Weltel Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Tri Natural Mfg. 80099541 HS2005 May 2021 2020-09-14
X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel Contains unacceptable ingredient,  ethyl acetate Wood Wyant Inc. 80013648 109832
309132
408732
208732
109732
109232
April 2022 2020-06-10
Désinfectant pour les mains à base d’éthanol 70% Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Duvernois 80098158 200414
20005195
20005475
20005478
20005479
20005848
20005849
20005850
20006018
20006019
20006020
20005193
20005194
20005195
20005476
20005477
20005479
20005480
20005688
20005693
20006022
20006023
April 2022 2020-09-04
Désinfectant pour les mains à base d’éthanol 70% Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol Duvernois 80098158 200414
200414A
20006026
20006027
May 2022 2020-09-04
Gal Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol GAL Aviation Inc. 80098899 HS2804
HS2904
HS3004
April 2022 2020-08-21
Gal Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol GAL Aviation Inc. 80098899 HS0105
HS0405
HS0505
HS0605
HS0705
HS0805
HS1105
HS1205
May 2022 2020-08-21
Gal Hand Sanitizer Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol GAL Aviation Inc. 80098899 HS0206
HS0306
June 2022 2020-08-21

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What Health Canada is doing

We have directed companies to stop selling these products.

We are monitoring the situation. If we identify other products that do not meet Health Canada requirements, we will take appropriate action and inform Canadians by updating this list.