URGENT Hand Sanitizer RECALL! FDA Warns Against Using 9 Brands!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers NOT to use hand sanitizer made in Mexico. And, they recommended that the company pull all of its products from store shelves. To date, they have not stopped selling these products despite the call for a manufacturer recall.
With the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, people have bought up all hand sanitizer available leaving store shelves bare. So, companies have responded by making as much as possible. However, in doing so mistakes have happened. For example, the United States FDA recalled hand sanitizer because it doesn’t contain the type of alcohol that hand sanitizer is supposed to have: ethyl alcohol.
FDA Recalls Hand Sanitizer
[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). Because, methanol is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem.
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- And, CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.
What Should You Do?
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment. Which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.
What are the symptoms of Methanol Exposure?
Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.
Who is at risk?
All persons using these products on their hands are at risk. However, young children who accidentally ingest these products are most at risk for poisoning. In addition, adolescents and adults who purposely drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
What is being done in this recall?
On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market.
What should YOU do with this product?
FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.
More Hand Sanitizer Recalls
In Australia, Gin bottles filled with hand sanitizer were recalled because of risk of poisoning by drinking. And, in Canada, several types of hand sanitizer made with industrial-grade alcohol were recalled because it wasn’t rated to be used on the skin.
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