Nearly a dozen hand sanitizers have been recalled in Canada due to health and safety concerns.
Health Canada issued a recall notice Wednesday for 10 hand sanitizer products manufactured by Hangel Canada Inc. and Protegel Quebec Inc. and is warning consumers not to purchase hand sanitizer and surface cleaning products from these companies.
The recall includes four products from Hangel and six products from Protegel.
“Stop using these products immediately,” Health Canada said in a statement on its website.
Health Canada says the unlicenced items have not been authorized for sale in Canada and that some of the products contain less ethanol than what is required to be effective or unknown ingredients that could be harmful.
Both companies are based in Quebec but continue to sell their products online, despite warnings from Health Canada.
“Health Canada has repeatedly directed Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc. to stop selling these unauthorized products, however, to date, neither company has responded. Health Canada will take additional enforcement actions, as necessary to stop this illegal activity,” the agency said in a statement.
Health Canada has routinely issued recall notices for hand sanitizer products since the pandemic began, due to a surge in demand for hand sanitizer.
Recalled hand sanitizing products
- Hangel Advanced Forumla
- Hangel Advanced Formula spray
- Hangel Antibacterial Hand Wipes
- Hangel New Advanced Formula
- Protegel Hand sanitizer
- Protegel (75% ethanol)
- Protegel Nouvelle Formule Antibactérien
- Protegel Antibactérien en forme de gel (75-82% ethanol)