Swiss Fire Gel fondue fuel paste recalled due to fire and burn hazard

Starting date:
March 17, 2021
Posting date:
March 17, 2021
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Chemicals
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-75133

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Swiss Fire Gel fondue fuel paste.
  • Issue: The fuel bottle is not equipped with a flame arrester (flame mitigation device (FMD)).
  • What to do: Consumers should immediately stop using the products and safely dispose of them in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements.

Affected products

Swiss Fire Gel fondue fuel paste

Product description

This recall involves the fondue fuel paste, Swiss Fire Gel, sold in 500mL and 1L bottles with a yellow cap.

The following products are included in this recall:
Product Name Item # UPC
Swiss Fire Gel, Fondue Fuel Paste, 500mL F65300 056975022219
Swiss Fire Gel, Fondue Fuel Paste, 1L F65400 056975022226

Hazard identified

Health Canada advised Canadians on October 9, 2019 of serious fire and burn risks that are associated with the use of portable products that use certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels that are not equipped with a flame arrestor.

A fire or burn hazard, called flame jetting, occurs when fuel vapours around a poured fuel stream ignite when a user refuels a portable fire product that is still burning or hot, and a flame is not readily visible. This can result in a burst of flaming fuel being rapidly expelled out of the container and travelling a distance dangerous to the user and bystanders. Flame jetting occurs very quickly, so the user and/or bystanders are unable to react quickly enough to move away from an incoming flame jet.

There have been numerous reported incidents of serious injuries, including fatalities in Canada from flame jetting events. Please visit this page for more information on flame jetting and portable products that use pourable alcohol-based fuels.

The affected product is a container of pourable alcohol-based fuel that is not equipped with a flame arrestor. As a result, it could contribute to a flame jetting incident.

As of March 10, 2021, Swissmar Ltd. has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 6,833 units of the 500mL bottle and 9,999 units of the 1L bottle were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The affected products were distributed from July 2017 to September 2020.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the Czech Republic.

Companies

Manufacturer
Panodis GMBH.
Baiersbronn
GERMANY
Distributor
Swissmar Ltd.
Richmond Hill
Ontario
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the products and safely dispose of them in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements.

For more information, consumers may contact Swissmar by email: info@swissmar.com or at 905-764-1121, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.