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November 5, 2018

Health Canada identifies labelling concerns with certain wood finishing products

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Health Canada is advising consumers of the risks posed by the potential absence of required hazard symbols and health and safety labelling statements on certain Odie’s wood finishing products.

The labels attached to the containers of the four affected products indicate that their contents are spontaneously combustible, but the labels do not display all the hazard symbols and health and safety warnings that must appear on spontaneously combustible products as required by the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

Chemicals classified as spontaneously combustible can cause cloth, rags or other materials used with the products to ignite and to burn on their own if they are stored incorrectly after use. Rags used with such products should be placed in water and/or laid flat to dry and then thrown out once completely dry.

The affected products are:

Product name


Odie’s Wood Butter


Odie’s Wax


Odie’s Oil – All Wood Surfaces – Extraordinary Finish and Stabilizer


Odie’s Oil – Multiple Surfaces – The Universal Finish & Polish


Health Canada has learned that the products were available for purchase by consumers in Canada from the importers listed below. Health Canada will update this list if additional importers are identified.

  • Black Forest Wood Co., Calgary, Alberta
  • Atlas Machinery, Toronto, Ontario

Approximately 695 units of the affected products have been sold in Canada to date.

In July 2018, OCOOW LLC issued a Consumer Product Recall for different products from the same company: Odie’s Solvent-Free Super Penetrating Oil and Odie’s Safer Solvent. This Consumer Product Update is separate from that recall.

What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the products and dispose of them according to their municipal waste requirements. If rags were used with the above products, consumers should place rags in water and/or lay them flat to dry before disposal.

If you have a health or safety concern with a wood finishing oil or related product, inform the manufacturer and report it to Health Canada.

Any other companies that have imported these products should contact Health Canada according to the reportable incident requirements of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act.

What Health Canada is Doing

Health Canada has communicated its concerns about the labels for the four products to the manufacturer and the known importers of the products. To date, the manufacturer has not provided Health Canada or the Canadian importers with the product classification information required under the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001. Nevertheless, based on the information received and examined to date, Health Canada has reason to believe that the products have not been labelled in accordance with the regulations.

When Health Canada learns of a potential issue involving a chemical product, it investigates and assesses whether there is a risk that the product contains any substances that may cause injury to the health of the user when used according to directions. Health Canada takes appropriate compliance and enforcement action when a risk to health is identified.

Health Canada regularly tests consumer products on the Canadian market and will continue to monitor products to help keep consumers safe. The Department may take further action, if required. The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canadians from potentially dangerous consumer products.


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