The United States Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about hand sanitizers that have been manufactured in the nation of Mexico. There are nine different products that need to be avoided going forward. Fortunately, we are here to provide you with all of the guidance that you need in this regard.
Take a closer look at the hand sanitizer that you currently have one deck. If it is one of the brands that the FDA is warning consumers about, this is your cue to throw it away before it is too late. All-Clean, Esk Biochem, 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 (both NDC numbers), CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol and Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer are the ones that must be avoided.
Eskbiochem SA de CV is responsible for the manufacturing of these brands. So what is the issue with these sanitizers and why do they need to be avoided? There is one ingredient found in each of them that is sure to be problematic. The methanol that is contained in all of the aforementioned sanitizers can cause all sorts of issues if we are not careful.
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 Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (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)
Some may know ethanol by its other name: wood alcohol. When this ingredient is absorbed into the skin or ingested by the user, it can be toxic. If you have been exposed to these products recently, the FDA is suggesting that you seek treatment immediately. There is no time to waste and these warnings are only becoming more urgent.
Samples of the sanitizers were tested by the FDA before they issued their verdict. There is no circumstance where methanol should be used by the average human. It should never be utilized in any hand sanitizer because of the harmful effects that are produced. By seeking out treatment, consumers can potentially reverse these effects.
FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
If the consumer does not seek medical attention immediately, they are risking long term effects that cannot be overcome. Methanol is known to cause permanent damage to the nervous system. These hand sanitizers can even be fatal if used. Anyone who is experiencing headaches, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting or seizures will need to visit a medical facility right away.
Permanent blindness is another issue that can take place when consumers do not get the proper medical assistance. People of all ages are susceptible to these concerns but younger people are especially vulnerable. Adolescents and smaller children have the highest level of risk, so be sure to keep a closer eye on them.
At the moment, the FDA is not aware of any dire effects that have taken place because of the usage of these products. However, the products have not been removed from store shelves yet. The FDA has issued their request to the manufacturer but they are not moving very quickly on the matter. The recommendation was made on June 17.
On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.
If you are looking to dispose of these products at your home or business, do not pour them down the drain or into the toilet. They need to be placed in the hazardous waste containers that are designed for this type of disposal. People still need to be following the proper protocol when it comes to hand washing in the meantime. We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot. The CDC recommends the usage of hand sanitizers that are rich in ethanol….NOT methanol.
This seemingly minor distinction is of the utmost importance. The best hand sanitizers contain at least 60 percent ethanol. Our takeaway from all of this is a very simple one: buy American, people! This is not the sort of risk that anyone should be willing to take. Be sure to select one of the many hand sanitizer brands that are available on this side of the border. Pass this information along, so that your friends and loved ones can remain safe as well.