Health Canada is warning Canadians about unauthorized hand sanitizers and disinfectants sold online by two Quebec companies — Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc. — which it says may pose health risks.
"Health Canada has repeatedly directed Protegel Quebec Inc. and Hangel Canada Inc. to stop selling and recall these unauthorized products; however, to date, neither company has responded. Health Canada will take additional enforcement actions, as necessary to stop this illegal activity," says a Health Canada statement.
Stop using these products immediately.
Since these products are unauthorized, the health authority says they may contain unknown ingredients and may be harmful if used.
It also says some of the products were tested by Health Canada and didn't contain enough ethanol to be effective.
One of the products, it says, "falsely claimed to prevent COVID-19."
Health Canada advises consumers to stop using the products right away and to report any adverse health effects to Health Canada.
The products you should avoid are:
Protegel Hand sanitizer (3.8L)
Protegel formule avancée (4oz)
Protegel Antibactérien en forme de gel (various sizes)
Protegel Nouvelle Formule Antibactérien (various sizes)
Protegel (Hand sanitizer - 10mL/120mL)
Protegel surface disinfectant (473 mL)
Protegel (hand sanitizer wipes - 13 or 25 wipes)
Protegel (surface disinfectant wipes - 13 or 25 wipes)
Protegel (surface disinfectant wipes - 25 wipes)
Mr. Wipes (surface disinfectant wipes - 500 wipes)
Closol (surface disinfectant wipes - 205 or 400 wipes)
Hangel Antibacterial Hand Wipes (32 wipes)
Hangel Advanced Formula (hand sanitizer gel - various sizes and scents)
Hangel New Advanced Formula (hand sanitizer gel - various sizes and scents)
Hangel Advanced Formula spray (hand sanitizer spray - 10mL)
Canadians should follow municipal or regional rules on disposing of hazardous waste, or return the products to a local pharmacy for proper disposal.