Using hand sanitizer to keep germs away amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? You may want to avoid products that were recently added to a federal agency’s list because of concerns that they have “relatively low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol,” or the active ingredients found. in hand sanitizers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday added several hand sanitizers to a list of hand sanitizers to avoid because the products apparently do not contain enough alcohol to be effective.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, which it lists as one of three essentials to have on hand when you venture out.
“The agency urges consumers not to use these underpowered products and has expanded its list to include underpowered hand sanitizers, in addition to hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated with methanol,” the FDA wrote, referring to its continuing list of which now includes more than 100 “dangerous” hand sanitizers that have been recalled due to the presence of methanol, a toxic chemical.
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According to a CNET report, hand sanitizers have all been recommended for recall and import bans.
Hand sanitizers that may not contain enough alcohol, depending on the outlet, include:
- NeoNatural de Limpo Quimicos SA de CV
- Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution de Healthy Foods & Nutrition Lab de Mexico SA de CV
- Datsen Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol Antiseptic 62% Hand Sanitizer from Quimica Magna de Mexico SA de CV
And an import alert has been issued for the following products, as they were also made at the Quimica Magna factory, according to CNET:
- Hand sanitizer 65% alcohol antiseptic
- Hand sanitizer 70% alcohol antiseptic and Bernal hand sanitizer