FDA issues warning on nine potentially toxic hand sanitizers

Hand Sanitizer

(WLNE)– The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on Friday that nine hand sanitizers from Mexican company Eskbiochem should be avoided because they contain methanol, or wood alcohol.

Methanol can toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested, the agency said.

The following products have been identified as containing the methanol:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Anyone who believes they have come into contact with one of the products is urged to seek medical attention. Exposure to methanol can lead to “nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death,” the agency said.

The FDA asks anyone who may have purchased one of these products to dispose of them in appropriate hazardous waste containers; they should not be flushed or poured down the drain.

The administration has recommended frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Ethanol-based hand sanitizers should be used only when soap and water are unavailable.

Additionally, the FDA advises consumers to be aware of false and misleading claims from sanitizers. As an example, there is no evidence that a hand-sanitizer can provide 24-hour protection against COVID-19 or other viruses.

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