FDA Warns Against Dangerous Hand Sanitizers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning against the use of hand sanitizer brands, such as All-Clean and CleanCare, produced in Mexico, due to containing toxic chemicals.

Methanol, which can be dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested, was identified in nine different hand sanitizers produced by Eskbiochem SA.

Dangerous hand sanitizers 

The FDA identified the following products as containing toxic chemicals: 

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (National Drug Code: 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) 

The agency tested samples of the products and said that Lavar Gel contains 81 percent methanol and no ethyl alcohol and that CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent methanol.

Health risks

According to the FDA, substantial methanol exposure can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Permanent damage to the nervous system 
  • Death

The agency said consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek “immediate treatment.”

No response from manufacturer

The FDA contacted Eskbiochem on Wednesday, June 17, to recommend the company remove the products from the market due to the risk associated with methanol poisoning. 

As of the FDA’s announcement on Friday, June 19, the manufacturing company has not taken action to do so.

Dispose responsibly

Consumers are recommended to stop using the products and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. DO NOT flush them or pour them down the drain. 

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