Health Canada – Do Not Ingest Hand Sanitizer

Two individuals have died in Ontario, Canada after drinking alcohol based hand sanitizer.  According to CBC News, the hand sanitizer contained methanol which is lethal if ingested.

According to the news article:

“Hand sanitizers typically contain ethyl alcohol, not methanol. Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences performed tests on bottles of Bodico-brand hand sanitizer and confirmed that they contained methanol, although the ingredient label did not list it. They are working with the company to test additional products and to issue a recall.”


Because the hand sanitizer was not properly labeled according to the article, there has been a recall of the product.

If you are in Canada and need more information about this brand of alcohol based hand sanitizer and its recall, please see the info below.

Health Canada is working with the company to implement a recall of these products.

Report health or safety concerns
Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
Visit MedEffect Canada’s web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
Media inquiries
Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public inquiries
(613) 957-2991

** Please note that SafeHands Alcohol Free Hand sanitizer does not contain ethanol or methanol or any of the ingredients mentioned in the above article.

Also note: We are complying with FTC and FDA regulations and not mentioning any brand names of alcohol based hand sanitizers which are FDA approved as safe and effective. There is no category defining alcohol brand of hand sanitizer.

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