ARCHIVED - Recall of certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks

Starting date:
June 17, 2020
Posting date:
July 10, 2020
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-73527

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Certain hand sanitizers made with industrial-grade ethanol, a grade of ethanol not authorized for use in hand sanitizers.
  • Issue: Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized 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.

**This page has been archived. Please click on the following link for the latest information on recalled hand sanitizer.**

Issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain industrial-grade ethanol that has not been authorized for use in hand sanitizers in Canada.

Industrial-grade ethanol contains impurities that are not found in the types of ethanol approved for use in hand sanitizers, such as pharmaceutical-grade, food-grade or technical-grade ethanol. Since industrial-grade ethanol has not been approved for use in hand sanitizers in Canada, the Department has not reviewed it for safety or efficacy. Multiple types of unauthorized industrial-grade ethanol have been found in hand sanitizer products. Possible adverse reactions 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.

What you should do

  • Stop using the products listed below. 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. Hand sanitizers that have been authorized will display either a Natural Product Number (NPN) or Drug Identification Number (DIN) on the product label. 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. This list of accepted products can be found here.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.

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.

Affected products

Certain hand sanitizers that may pose health risks

Product description

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

Affected products
Product Contaminant Recalling Company NPN or DIN Lot numbers 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

Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer

Ethyl acetate

DashVapes Inc.

Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)

1258969

April 10, 2021

June 11, 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

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

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 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

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

June 30, 2020

Isogel

Ethyl acetate

Lalema Inc.

80098996

5900 0004

May 13, 2021

June 11, 2020

Manogel

Methanol

Constant America

80098846

04291
04292
04293
04295
04301
04321

March 2022

July 3, 2020

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

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

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

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 impurities found in certain hand sanitizers and their associated risks.


Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983
hc.media.sc@canada.ca

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709
hcinfo.infosc@canada.ca

What Health Canada is doing

  • Health Canada has directed companies to stop the sale of these products and is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.
  • If Health Canada identifies additional products or manufacturers using ethanol that does not meet Health Canada requirements, the Department will take appropriate action and inform Canadians, including updating this list.