The FDA advises against 9 hand sanitizers for the methanol potential

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(WFLA) – The FDA advises consumers not to use any alcohol-based hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico), due to the presence of methanol.

Methanol is wood alcohol, a substance that the FDA says may be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

These products have been identified by the FDA:

  • 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 Smooth Gel anti-Bacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer With 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer With 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01

Substantial methanol exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent loss of vision, seizures, a coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death.

The FDA has contacted Eskbiochem to recommend that the company remove its done by hand disinfectant products from the market on 17 June.

The FDA has stated that the company has not yet taken action to remove potentially dangerous products from the market.

“Methanol is not an ingredient in an acceptable disinfectant for the hands and should not be used because of its toxic effects,” the FDA said on its web site.

As of June 20, the FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse effects associated with disinfectant for the hands.

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