Health Canada is advising Canadians that multiple hand sanitizers have been added to a growing recall list because they may pose health risks to consumers.

The products are being recalled from the marketplace because they do not meet Health Canada’s requirements, and customers should stop using them immediately, explains a release from the department. 

Reasons for recall include:

Soaring demand for hand sanitizers due to COVID-19

Health Canada adds that the demand for hand sanitizers increased drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it has temporarily allowed manufacturers to use technical-grade ethanol in alcohol-based hand sanitizers to keep up with demand.

That said, technical-grade ethanol sanitizers have more impurities than pharmaceutical- and food-grade ethanol, and manufacturers must choose from a list of Health Canada-authorized suppliers. Additionally, they must receive a No Objection Letter from the department before they can manufacture or distribute the product.

Manufacturers must also include specific risk statements on their product labels if the ethanol impurities exceed a certain level.

Unauthorized denaturants and medicinal ingredients

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

An unauthorized medicinal ingredient has been found in hand sanitizers sold in Canada:

Counterfeit products may contain ingredients not listed on the label, dangerous additives or other contaminants. In addition, they may not contain the active ingredients Canadians would expect them to contain. Since counterfeit products are unauthorized and made with an unknown formulation, they may not be effective at killing bacteria and viruses, and may pose serious risks to health.

Have a look at the list of the recalled products. 

Faulty packaging; not properly labelled (incorrect product expiry date placement)

Annex Ale Project, Limited

Not properly labelled (improper directions for use in children)

ATOMS F.D., INC.

Germs Be Gone Hand Sanitizer Gel

Not properly labelled (incorrect label)

Gigi’s Goodbye Germs Hand Sanitizer

Not authorized for sale in Canada

Simply at Home, Inc.

Unlicensed. Affected lots are labelled with the incorrect NPN 00167630 or 80099956.

BB/MA 30/AL/2025

Gigi’s Goodbye Germs Hand Sanitizer

Not authorized for sale in Canada

Simply at Home, Inc.

Unlicensed. Affected lots are labelled with the incorrect NPN 00167630 or 80099956.

BB/MA 07/MA/2025

BB/MA 01/MA/2025

Happy Natural Products – Ethanol Sanitizer 80%

(May also be sold as Happy Hand Sanitizer)

Not properly labelled (invalid NPN)

Midori Products, Inc.

80099774 (does not appear on the label)

Not printed on the label

2021-02-03

Hello Bello Hand Sanitizer Gel

Alternate Brand Names: SiL Hand Gel Sanitizer; AK Hand Sanitizer; Carry Clean Hand Gel; Defcon Hand Sanitizer; Lifebrand Hand Sanitizer; SiL Antiseptic Gel

Not properly labelled (improper directions for use in children); sold without proper testing

Unconditional Love Canada, Inc.
 

Hello Bello Hand Sanitizer Spray

Alternate Brand Names: Hand Sanitizer Spray

Not properly labelled (improper directions for use in children);  sold without proper testing

Unconditional Love Canada, Inc.
 

Hello Bello Hand Sanitizer Spray

Alternate Brand Names: SiO2 Innovation Labs Hand Sanitizer Spray; Carry Clean Hand Sanitizer Spray; DEFCON 1 Hand Sanitizer Spray; McCaughey Consumer Products Hand Sanitizer Spray

Not properly labelled (improper directions for use in children);  sold without proper testing

Unconditional Love Canada, Inc.
 

Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol

Les Eaux Saint-Leger/ Waters, Inc.

Missing risk statements; product not authorized to contain technical-grade ethanol

Les Eaux Saint-Leger/ Waters, Inc.

Contains unacceptable medicinal ingredient, 1-propanol

All lots manufactured between March 2020 and September 2020 except SO-0629A, SO-0629B, 80098625, 80098625-8, 2010002, 2010006, 2010007, 2010008, 2010013, 2010014, 2010015, 2011001, 2011002, 2011004, 2011005, 2011006, 2012001, and 2012002

March 2023 to September 2023

Not authorized for sale in Canada

10932540 Canada, Inc. DBA Bio Life Sciences Corp.

Unlicensed (no NPN or DIN on label)

2021-02-03

What you should do

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 these resources for more information:

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

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