Toxic Hand Sanitizer: FDA Bans The Use Methanol Hand Sanitizers

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The Food and Drug Administration in the United Stated has released a warning statement saying consumers should not buy hand sanitizer products from the Mexico-based manufacturer Eskbiochem.

The warning comes after the FDA discovered methanol, or wood alcohol, in these products. Methanol can be dangerous when ingested or absorbed through the skin, and it can be fatal in large quantities. 

“Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” the FDA cautions in its letter. 

Here’s the full list of hand sanitizers to avoid in the American FDA’s most recent warning statement:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer by Eskbiochem  
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer by Eskbiochem
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer by Eskbiochem 
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer by Eskbiochem
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol by Eskbiochem 
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol by Eskbiochem (74589-003-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol by Eskbiochem (74589-005-03) 
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer by Eskbiochem 
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70% by Tropicosmeticos SA de CV
  • Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV 
  • Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free by Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer by Transliquid Technologies
  • Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol by Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV

The demand for hand sanitizers is still high as the coronavirus pandemic resurges, which makes the recent health warning even more jarring. Many people can’t find their usual hand sanitizer online or in stores, so they turn to new brands that may or may not have manufactured hand sanitizer before the coronavirus pandemic.   

Everyone exposed to methanol is at risk for methanol poisoning, but young children are especially susceptible, the American FDA said. 

Source: CNET

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