The featured image is hand sanitizer. The freason is that the article focuses on the list provided by FDA as toxic hand sanitizers.

FDA has released a list of hand sanitizers that contain Methanol and with this in mind, has ordered a recall.

The list contains at least 75 brands of hand cleansers.

The hand sanitizers in question all contain Methanol, also known as Wood Alcohol. If this chemical is absorbed or ingested, it could lead to poisoning or worse.

The list of Methanol- containing brands were enumerated on the FDA website. Most of them appear to have been mass-produced in Mexico, according to FoxBusiness.

The website of FDA was included because it was the one which provided list of toxic hand sanitizers.

Always Check the Label as They are Mislabelled as Ethanol 

Last month, the FDA became aware of a discrepancy in the labels.

The hand sanitizers claimed to contain Ethanol whereas they tested positive for Methanol.

FDA declares that Methanol is an unacceptable “ active ingredient” to use in hand cleansers.

For this reason, Methyl Alcohol ” must not be used” owing to its “toxic effects.”

The lethal alcohol, Methanol, is generally “used as a solvent, pesticide, and alternative fuel source,” as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Side Effects According to FDA

Significant exposure to the chemical can lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death.

Should consumers experience symptoms, they are advised to “seek immediate treatment” the FDA added.

Lethal Hand Cleanser List

NBCNews reported that the FDA flagged the following products from Eskbiochem SA de CV : 

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

The FDA website has an extensive list of products and companies tested for Methanol.

What to Do If You Have Them?

News8 reports that if you have any of the listed products, the FDA instructs to discard them immediately.

The listed sanitizers should be dumped in appropriate hazardous waste containers.

People should not flush or pour them down the drain.


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