Consumer product recall

Recochem blue flame fondue fuel recalled due to fire and burn hazard

Starting date:
October 30, 2020
Posting date:
October 30, 2020
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Last updated:


  • Product:
    Recochem blue flame fondue fuel.
  • Issue:
    The fuel bottle is not equipped with a flame arrester (flame mitigation device (FMD)).
  • What to do:
    Consumers should immediately stop using the products and safely dispose of them in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements.

Affected products

Recochem blue flame fondue fuel

Product description

This recall involves Recochem blue flame fondue fuel sold in a white and blue 500mL bottle (Item Number 14-550, UPC Number 056438145509).

Hazard identified

Health Canada advised Canadians on October 9, 2019 of serious fire and burn risks that are associated with the use of portable products that use certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels that are not equipped with a flame arrestor.

A fire or burn hazard, called flame jetting, occurs when fuel vapours around a poured fuel stream ignite when a user refuels a portable fire product that is still burning or hot, and a flame is not readily visible. This can result in a burst of flaming fuel being rapidly expelled out of the container and travelling a distance dangerous to the user and bystanders. Flame jetting occurs very quickly, so the user and/or bystanders are unable to react quickly enough to move away from an incoming flame jet.

There have been numerous reported incidents of serious injuries, including fatalities in Canada from flame jetting events. Please visit this page for more information on flame jetting and portable products that use pourable alcohol-based fuels.

The affected product is a container of pourable alcohol-based fuel that is not equipped with a flame arrestor. As a result, it could contribute to a flame jetting incident.

As of October 26th, 2020, Recochem Inc. has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada.

Number sold

Since the distributor Nivel Inc. is no longer in business, the affected product may not have been removed from sale, as requested by Recochem Inc. As such, it was reported to Health Canada that 1667 products were sold at Metro locations and 379 products were sold at Food Basics locations in Ontario. In addition, an unknown number of products may have been sold at other retailers in Canada.

Time period sold

The affected products were sold from January 2020 to October 2020.

Place of origin

Manufactured in Canada.



Metro Inc. (Metro and Food Basics Stores)




Nivel Inc. (no longer in business)




Recochem Inc.




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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the products and safely dispose of them in accordance with local municipal hazardous waste requirements.

For more information, consumers may contact Recochem at 514-341-3550, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST or by email.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.