FDA Warns Some Hand Sanitizers ‘Toxic, Deadly’
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers that a slew of hand sanitizer products contain a toxic chemical. They are advising consumers to cease using them. The warning comes on the heels of the world’s most massive hand sanitizer grab (sarcastic, but true).
The FDA statement warns that consumers stop using hand sanitizers made by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico because the company reportedly uses methanol or wood alcohol. Methanol is considered toxic after it absorbs through the skin.
Here’s the complete FDA list.
- 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)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
If you’ve used any of the hand sanitizers on the above list, the FDA encourages you to seek medical treatment. The FDA statement says that exposure to methanol might cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death.
Although the FDA requested that Eskbiochem remove these products from the market, that has yet to happen.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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