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FDA Warns of Toxic Substance in Some Hand Sanitizers

Check your hand sanitizer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about several brands of hand sanitizer that may contain a toxic substance.

The hand sanitizers – all manufactured by Eskbiochem in Mexico – may have methanol in them. Methanol, when absorbed through the skin or ingested, is toxic.

The FDA is advising consumers not to use any of the following hand sanitizers:

  • 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 have any of these products in your home, the FDA advises to stop use immediately and to dispose of them as hazardous waste. Do not dump them down the drain or flush them down the toilet.

Methanol is a wood alcohol and should not be used in hand sanitizers. The FDA is advising anyone who has been exposed to a methanol hand sanitizer to seek treatment immediately.

Hand sanitizers with methanol pose the biggest poison risk to anyone who ingests them – including to children who accidentally drink them or to teens or adults who drink them as a substitute for alcohol. Substantial exposure to methanol can lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

There have been no reports to the FDA of adverse effects from these products as of June 19.

Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, is still recommended as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic.

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