Health Canada

Health Canada

November 09, 2011 13:16 ET

Consumers Warned About Potential Risks Associated With the Use of Sunjel Gel Fuel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - The issue:

Health Canada is advising consumers about the potential risk associated with the use of Sunjel gel fuel. Pourable gel fuels can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when they are poured into a firepot that is still burning or still hot. Gel fuels that splatter and ignite can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.

On September 1, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11315.html?tab=recalls) announcing a voluntary recall of all pourable gel fuels made or sold by nine different companies, including Sunjel Company (2 Burn Inc.) of Milwaukee. Sunjel has not complied with Health Canada's request to voluntarily recall its product in Canada.

Who is affected:

Consumers who have purchased Sunjel pourable gel fuels for firepots are affected. These products may pose flammability and burn hazards to both children and adults.

What consumers should do:

Consumers should dispose of the product according to Municipal Hazardous Waste Guidelines.

What Health Canada is doing:

Health Canada is advising consumers about the potential risks associated with the use of Sunjel gel fuel. The Department issued advisories in June and September 2011 regarding other similar gel fuel products, many of which have been voluntarily recalled.

Health Canada will take appropriate action should any additional gel fuel products be determined to pose a risk to consumers.

Health Canada is requesting any Canadian retailers and distributors of this product to immediately cease sale. Manufacturers, importers, distributors or retailers that become aware of incidents, including recalls initiated for human health or safety reasons by foreign entities, related to this or any consumer product that they supply are required to report the incident to Health Canada. You can also find guidance on the mandatory reporting of incidents (http://hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/indust/2011ccpsa_incident-lcspc/index-eng.php) at Health Canada's website.

Products affected:

Sunjel Gel Fuel

For more information:

Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.

How to report problems with consumer products:

- Internet: http://hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/advisories-avis/incident/index-eng.php

- Phone: 1-866-662-0666 (calls will be routed to closest regional office)

- Mail:

Incident Report - Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
123 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1A 0K9

Related Health Canada Web content:

- Advisory (September 2, 2011): Update to Gel Fuel Advisory (http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_119-eng.php)

- Advisory (June 27, 2011): Consumers warned about Dangers Associated with Firepots and Gel Fuels (http://hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2011/2011_85-eng.php)

- Health Canada Consumer Product Recall Database (http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/home-accueil-eng.jsp)

- Information on the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations (http://hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/legislation/acts-lois/consumerchemicals-eng.php) (CCCR 2001) of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and product recalls using these social media tools: (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/sm-ms/index-eng.php)

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Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983

    Public Inquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709