FDA Warns Against Using 9 Potentially ‘Toxic' Hand Sanitizer Products

The Food and Drug Administration has warned against the use of nine hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol.

Methanol, sometimes called wood alcohol, is not a suitable ingredient for hand sanitizers and can prove "toxic" when absorbed through the skin or ingested, the FDA said Friday.

"Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death," the agency said.

These are the nine potentially dangerous products identified by the FDA:

  1. All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
  2. Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
  3. CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
  4. Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
  5. The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
  6. CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03) 
  7. CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
  8. CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
  9. Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

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