Consumers warned of toxic ingredients in hand sanitizers


The BC Center for Disease Control advises people not to use hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a toxic substance if ingested .According to the BCCDC, methanol, when absorbed through the skin or ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma and can be life-threatening. danger.

Those most at risk of ingesting a hand sanitizer are children, people with dementia, and those who use it as an alcohol substitute.

The warning follows a similar advice from the United States Food and Drug Administration last week regarding the possible presence of methanol in products from the same company.

The list of products recalled by the FDA is:

  • All-inclusive 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 right hand sanitizer gel with antibacterial gel (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)

Consumers are advised to immediately dispose of the product in hazardous waste containers, rather than rinsing or pouring the product down the drain.

There have been no reports of product-related illnesses in British Columbia. but the province’s Drug and Poison Information Center received four calls from people reporting recall products.

If you think someone has swallowed any amount of hand sanitizer, the BCCDC recommends that you call your local poison control center or the BC Drug and Poison Information Center at 1-800-567-8911 .


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