The Food and Drug Administration released a warning statement on June 19 saying consumers should not buyproducts 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.
On July 2, the FDA updated its warning, noting that the agency has seen a “sharp increase” in hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol (AKA, ethyl alcohol), but actually containing methanol. The FDA’s initial warning listed nine hand sanitizer products either confirmed or thought to contain methanol. As of July 2, the list has grown to include hand sanitizers from four more manufacturers.
Here’s the full list of hand sanitizers to avoid in the 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 FDA encourages consumers not to buy the above brands of hand sanitizer after FDA testing revealed methanol content in several of these products. The FDA also urges people to avoid hand sanitizers labeled as “FDA-approved,” because the FDA has not approved any hand sanitizers…Read more>>