Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks
Health Canada
August 5, 2020

Summary


  • Product: Certain hand sanitizers made with ethanol or denaturants that are not acceptable ingredients for use in hand sanitizers.
  • Issue: Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain types of ethanol or denaturants that are not acceptable ingredients for use in hand sanitizers in Canada.
  • What to do: Stop using these products. Consult your healthcare 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

Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain ethanol or denaturants that are not acceptable for use in hand sanitizers in Canada. Denaturants are added to ethanol to make it unfit for human consumption and, therefore, to avoid the unintentional ingestion of hand sanitizers (particularly by children).

Since these unacceptable types of ethanol and denaturants have not been approved for use in hand sanitizers in Canada, the Department has not reviewed them for safety or efficacy. Multiple types of unacceptable ethanol and denaturants have been found in hand sanitizer products. Possible adverse reactions to the ingredients in these products may include dermatitis, such as skin irritation and cracking; eye irritation; upper respiratory system irritation; and headaches.

Health Canada will update this list if it becomes aware of other affected products, so that Canadians can easily identify ones they may have purchased and take appropriate action. Canadians are encouraged to consult the list regularly for updates. Health Canada also maintains a list of hand sanitizers that contain technical-grade ethanol and are being recalled from the market because they are not compliant with federal regulations and may pose a risk to health.

What you should do

Stop using the products listed below or on the list of hand sanitizers that contain technical-grade ethanol and may pose a risk to health. Please follow municipal or regional guidelines on how to dispose of chemicals and other hazardous waste. You may also return the product to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.

  • Consult your healthcare 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. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if soap and water are not available.
  • Use hand sanitizers that have been authorized for sale in Canada. These products can be found on the list of hand sanitizers that meet Health Canada's requirements.
  • Consult the list of hand sanitizers authorized or registered in other jurisdictions that may not display an NPN or DIN but have been accepted for use in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of accepted products can be found here.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.

Affected products
Certain hand sanitizers containing industrial-grade ethanol

Product description
Please note that the products in the following table are listed alphabetically, rather than by the date they were added.

Product Unacceptable Ingredient Recalling Company NPN or DIN Lot number(s) Expiry Date Date Added
Adclean (Technical) Ethyl Acetate Adfast Canada Inc. 80098241
  • 200423-114854
April 2022 July 10, 2020
  • 200505-114929
May 2022
Aktif Antiseptique instantané pour les mains Ethyl acetate Laboratoire Hygienex Inc. 80098088
  • 189665189574
May 16, 2022 June 10, 2020
Biogel Ethyl acetate Groupe Savon Olympics, Inc. 80098684
  • 0D991
  • 0D992
  • 0D963
  • 0D964
  • 0E998
  • 0E997
  • 0E994
April 2022 July 3, 2020
BioVectra Sanitizer Ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80097796
  • 53473
September 2020 July 21, 2020
  • 53999
December 2020
Biovectra Hand Sanitizer – Topical Gel Ethyl acetate BioVectra, Inc. 80099246
  • 53491
  • 53509
  • 53518
  • 53583
April 2021 July 21, 2020
  • 53815
  • 53875
  • 53833
May 2021
  • 53948
June 2021
Clean & Green Hand Sanitizer Gel Methanol; ethyl acetate Hope, Grace and Healing, DBA HgH Integrative Aromatics 80100887
  • 00158
May 2022 August 4, 2020
  • 00161
June 2022
Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer Ethyl acetate DashVapes Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 1258969
April 10, 2021 June 11, 2020
Defend Gel Hand Sanitizer Ethyl acetate Corporate Facility Supply, Inc. 80100149
  • 20132
  • 20136
  • 20140
May 2022 July 21, 2020
Dermogen Ethyl acetate Inter Cosmetiques Inc 800981429
  • J20HG001
  • J20HG002
  • J20HG003
  • J20HG004
  • J20HG005
  • J20HG006
  • J20HG007
  • J20HG008
  • J20HG009
  • J20HG010
  • J20HG011
  • J20HG012
  • J20HG013
  • J20HG014
May 2022 July 27, 2020
Désinfectant Mousseux Pour les Mains Ethyl acetate Solutions Enviro-Formula, Inc. 80101041
  • PFFM02200610
  • PFFM01200610
  • PFFM03200610
  • PFFM01200608
  • PFFM02200605
Not printed on the label July 21, 2020
Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70% Ethyl Alcohol Ethyl acetate Eltraderm Limited 80098540
  • 0217
April 2022 June 6, 2020
eSafe Methanol Groupe Enov, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 20-115
  • 20-120
  • 20-121
April 2021 July 3, 2020
  • 20-125
  • 20-126
  • 20-181
May 2021
Facility Plus Complete Facility Services-Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol Ethyl acetate The A&J Power Group Inc., DBA Facility Plus Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 07222
May 2022 July 21, 2020
Frid + Russell Hand Sanitizer 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. July 10, 2020
Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer 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 June 9, 2020
Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer Methanol; ethyl acetate Nature's Own Cosmetics Company 80100166
  • L00420003
  • L00425001
  • L00427007
  • L00501001
April 2022 June 17, 2020
  • L00512004
May 2022
Gel Antiseptique Pour Les Mains Ethyl acetate Mégalab Inc. 80015567
  • 5135
  • 5137
  • 5138
  • 5139
  • 5142
  • 5144
  • 5149
  • 5151
  • 5152
  • 5160
March 2022 June 22, 2020
Gel désinfectant pour les mains Ethyl acetate Solutions Enviro-Formula, Inc. 80100221
  • PFGA20052201
  • PFGA1200512
  • PFFG01200604
  • PFFG01200529
  • PFFG02200525
  • PFFG04200527
Not printed on the label July 21, 2020
Gentle Hand Sanitizer With Aloe Ethyl acetate Angel Cosmoceuticals, Inc. 80098753
  • N753-01
  • N753-02
  • N753-03
  • N753-04
  • N753-05
  • N753-06
May 2022 July 21, 2020
Germ Eliminator Methanol 677042 Ontario Ltd. (DBA Donview Manufacturing) 80101737
  • 150301
December 2020 July 10, 2020
  • 150302
Germ Eliminator Ethyl acetate 677042 Ontario Ltd. (DBA Donview Manufacturing) 80101737
  • 150304
December 2023 July 10, 2020
Germzero Ethyl acetate Flash Beauté Inc. 80099604
  • 243601
November 2022 June 22, 2020
Hand Sanitizer Ethyl acetate Contract Packaging Distributions Inc. 80098453
  • 8613026
  • 8613042
  • 8613048
  • 8613055
  • 8613057
  • 8613058
  • 8613061
  • 8613064
  • 8613066
April 2022 June 6, 2020
Hand Sanitizer Ethyl acetate JIS Enterprises Inc.(DBA JIS Specialty Products) 80099670
  • 11042020
  • 16042020
  • 21042020
  • 23042020
April 2022 July 27, 2020
Hand Sanitizer Alco-San Ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 03130
  • 03310
  • 04070
  • 51420-20
Not printed on the label June 30, 2020
  • 51420-21
  • 51520-20
July 3, 2020
Hand Sanitizer
Désinfectant pour les mains
Ethyl acetate Walker Emulsions Ltd. 80100040
  • 210061
Not printed on the label June 6, 2020
Hand Sanitizer Mano-San Ethyl acetate Shifaah Health 80100572
  • 04070
April 2022 July 21, 2020
Healthcare Plus Sanitizing Hand Gel Ethyl acetate The Color Group, Division of Canadian Custom Packaging 80002430
  • 024002
  • 024012
  • 024022
  • 021032
  • 024042
  • 024072
  • 024082
  • 024092
  • 024003
April 2022 July 3 2020
Isogel Ethyl acetate Lalema Inc. 80098996
  • 5900 0004
May 13, 2021 June 11, 2020
Kleen RX Hand Sanitizer Gel Ethyl acetate Spa Dent, Inc. 80098426
  • 2010810
April 2023 July 21, 2020
Manogel Methanol Constant America 80098846
  • 04291
  • 04292
  • 04293
  • 04295
  • 04301
  • 04321
March 2022 July 3, 2020
KS-Progel Plus Ethyl acetate Delta Pharma Inc. 80097773
  • 200417
April 2022 July 27, 2020
Manogel Ethyl acetate Constant America 80098846
  • 04351
April 2022 July 21, 2020
MB Hand Sanitizer 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 July 21, 2020
  • June 3, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
June 2022
Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid 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 June 10, 2020
Purus Methanol Pharmalab, Inc. 80097823
  • B010454
  • B010486
  • B010534
  • B010535
  • B010591
  • B010592
  • B010593
  • B010594
  • B010595
  • B010596
  • B010915
  • B010975
  • B010981
April 2022 July 21, 2020
Sanatouch Ethyl acetate Bio Organic Solutions Corp. 80098484
  • 200409-1
April 2022 July 27, 2020
Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol Ethyl acetate Sanilabs Inc. 80098769
  • 6069
April 20, 2022 June 6, 2020
  • 6075
April 28, 2022
Sanitagel Methanol Jefo Nutrition, Inc. 80098567
  • 07820R414
  • 08520R414
  • 08720R414
March 2021 July 3, 2020
  • 09020R414
  • 09320R414
April 2021
Septeeze Ethyl acetate Les Produits Ultrapro, Inc. 80098001
  • 0155505
  • 0155405
  • 0155805
  • 0156505
May 2022 July 21, 2020
Smart Care Ethyl acetate R&D Technical Solutions Ltd. 80099110
  • 005154
  • 005155
May 2022 June 10, 2020
Tekare Instant Hand Cleanser Gel Ethyl acetate TEKPolymer Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on the label) HG200320 (not printed on the label) April 2023 June 22, 2020
Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethyl acetate Tidol Corporation 80099632 7080 April 2022 June 10, 2020
Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 65% Ethyl acetate Upstreet Craft Brewing 80098137 A
B
April 2022 July 27, 2020
Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 80% Ethyl acetate Upstreet Craft Brewing 80100114 C April 2022 July 27, 2020
Vima-San Ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 02200
  • 02270
  • 03130
  • 03310
Not printed on the label June 30, 2020
Vima-San Ethyl acetate Crown Chemical Products, Inc. Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)
  • 02200
  • 02270
  • 03130
  • 03310
Not printed on the label June 30, 2020
Vima-San Hand Sanitizer 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 July 10, 2020
Vitalpur Ethyl acetate Laboratoire Capillaire Guy Décaux 80100023
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Not printed on the label July 10, 2020
Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer Ethyl acetate Walker Emulsions Ltd. 80098678
  • 209638
Not printed on the label June 6, 2020
X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel Ethyl acetate Wood Wyant Inc. 80013648
  • 109832
  • 309132
  • 408732
  • 208732
  • 109732
  • 109232
April 2022 June 10, 2020


Note that a previous version of this advisory was posted on June 6, 2020. This revised version contains updated information about the different unacceptable ingredients, such as denaturants, found in certain hand sanitizers and their associated risks.

Background

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.

Related AWRs

Manogel (2020-06-30)


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