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Health Canada Has Recalled Nearly Fifty Varieties of Hand Sanitizer

Health Canada Has Recalled Nearly Fifty Varieties of Hand Sanitizer

By Kate Musgrove

Health Canada has announced a recall of a number of brands and varieties of hand sanitizer. The recalled products contain ethanol or denaturants that have not been approved for use in hand sanitizers. If you have these products in your home, Health Canada urges you to stop using them, and to consult a doctor if you have health concerns.

We've listed the brands included in this recall below, but click through for the complete list and check DIN and Lot Number for confirmation that your products have been recalled:

  • Adclean
  • Aktif Antiseptique instantané pour les mains
  • Biogel
  • BioVectra Sanitizer
  • Biovectra Hand Sanitizer – Topical Gel
  • Clean & Green Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Dash Vapes Hand Sanitizer
  • Defend Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Dermogen
  • Désinfectant Mousseux Pour les Mains
  • Eltraderm Hand Sanitizer - 70% Ethyl Alcohol
  • eSafe
  • Facility Plus Complete Facility Services-Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
  • Frid + Russell Hand Sanitizer
  • Gel 700 Hand Sanitizer
  • Gel Antiseptique Pour Les Mains
  • Gel désinfectant pour les mains
  • Gentle Hand Sanitizer With Aloe
  • Germ Eliminator
  • Germzero
  • Hand Sanitizer from Contract Packaging Distributions Inc.
  • Hand Sanitizer from JIS Enterprises Inc
  • Hand Sanitizer Alco-San from Crown Chemical Products, Inc.
  • Hand Sanitizer from Walker Emulsions Ltd.
  • Hand Sanitizer Mano-San from Shifaah Health
  • Healthcare Plus Sanitizing Hand Gel
  • Isogel
  • Kleen RX Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • KS-Progel Plus
  • Manogel from Constant America
  • MB Hand Sanitizer
  • Protectenol Hand Sanitizer Liquid
  • Purus
  • Sanatouch
  • Sanilabs Hand Sanitizer 70% Ethanol
  • Sanitagel
  • Septeeze
  • Smart Care
  • Tekare Instant Hand Cleanser Gel
  • Tidol Hand Sanitizer 70%
  • Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 65%
  • Upstreet Do Gooder Hand Sanitizer 80%
  • Vima-San from Crown Chemical Products, Inc.
  • Vima-San Hand Sanitizer from Green Dolphin System Corp.
  • Vitalpur
  • Walker Emulsions Hand Sanitizer
  • X-Pure Vert-2-Go Gel

The government of Canada has provided a comprehensive list of Hand Sanitizers that have been authorized by Health Canada here.

10 Comments

    • amazon was selling all this chinese crap like 2 months ago and got a email from them today that they werent acceptable.

      complete idiot that bezos and his company
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    • Sanyo wrote: amazon was selling all this chinese crap like 2 months ago and got a email from them today that they werent acceptable.

      complete idiot that bezos and his company
      If you look closely at the list, it looks like Canadian companies. I don't know if they are all manufactured in Canada, or manufactured elsewhere and then distributed in Canada
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    • DoorCrasher wrote: If you look closely at the list, it looks like Canadian companies. I don't know if they are all manufactured in Canada, or manufactured elsewhere and then distributed in Canada
      Manufactured in China, distributed in Canada
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    • Thanks for sharing
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    • If our lovely southern counterpart hadn't released the list first,we were still using them!
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    • My bath and body works sanitizers also have ethanol (68% v/v) in them.

      Just pulled my purell sanitizer out and it is 70% ethyl alcohol (same thing as ethanol).

      Is ethanol the right culprit we should be looking for? I cant imagine purell would employ the same ingredient in question with the list above.
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    • tbarakat wrote: My bath and body works sanitizers also have ethanol (68% v/v) in them.

      Just pulled my purell sanitizer out and it is 70% ethyl alcohol (same thing as ethanol).

      Is ethanol the right culprit we should be looking for? I cant imagine purell would employ the same ingredient in question with the list above.
      My understanding is that it's not that they contain ethanol at all, it's that they contain specific types of ethanol that are not approved for use in hand sanitizers.
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    • Kate M wrote: My understanding is that it's not that they contain ethanol at all, it's that they contain specific types of ethanol that are not approved for use in hand sanitizers.
      This...

      From Health Canada

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      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.
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    • "unfit for human consumption and, therefore, to avoid the unintentional ingestion of hand sanitizers (particularly by children)".

      I think you're in the clear if you don't have young children, unless you plan on having an AYCE Sanitizer Buffet
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    • Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is safe as a sanitizer. This is exactly what you would drink from the LCBO. It is called ethanol when it used industrially or as fuel but it is the same thing as Vodka.

      This Health Canada recall is for the Toxic additives of Methanol or ethyl acetate or both.

      These are both actually very toxic ingredients and although the immediate danger is for a child or unaware person ingesting this you also don't really want to be using this topically as your skin will absorb these toxins also.
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