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The Food and Drug Administration issued another warning Monday to not use certain hand sanitizers that may contain methanol or wood alcohol, a toxic substance when absorbed through skin or ingested.

The FDA is continuing to update its "do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products," which included 87 varieties of hand sanitizer that should be avoided, some which have already been recalled, and other products being recommended for recalls as they may contain the potentially fatal ingredient.

“Practicing good hand hygiene, which includes using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, is an important public health tool for all Americans to employ," FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in a statement. "Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizer products.”



FDA issues new warning to avoid more than 87 hand sanitizers that may contain methanol
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The Food and Drug Administration issued another warning Monday to not use certain hand sanitizers that may contain methanol or wood alcohol, a toxic substance when absorbed through skin or ingested.

The FDA is continuing to update its "do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products," which included 87 varieties of hand sanitizer that should be avoided, some which have already been recalled, and other products being recommended for recalls as they may contain the potentially fatal ingredient.

“Practicing good hand hygiene, which includes using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, is an important public health tool for all Americans to employ," FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in a statement. "Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizer products.”


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In the new warning, the FDA says it is "urging consumers not to use any hand sanitizer products from the particular manufacturers on the list even if the product or particular lot number are not listed since some manufacturers are recalling only certain – but not all – of their hand sanitizer products."


The agency says in most cases, methanol does not appear on the product label but that it is "not an acceptable ingredient in any drug, including hand sanitizer, even if methanol is listed as an ingredient on the product label."

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The FDA said it has taken steps to prevent the products from entering the country by placing them on an import alert. Most of the products appear to have been produced in Mexico and according to the alert should be detained because they pose a health risk.

“We remain extremely concerned about the potential serious risks of alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol," Hahn said. "Producing, importing and distributing toxic hand sanitizers poses a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated.”

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In June, the FDA warned consumers not to use nine kinds of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, and added to the list in early July and further expanded the list multiple times in July.

Methanol is used industrially as a solvent, pesticide and alternative fuel source, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Exposure to it can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death.

The FDA says it has seen an increase in number of "adverse events, including blindness, cardiac effects, effects on the central nervous system, and hospitalizations and death, primarily reported to poison control centers and state departments of health."

Hand sanitizer has been a popular product to combat the coronavirus since February, and many new types have entered the market after shortages of brands including Purell.

The FDA said Monday it has found methanol contamination in hand sanitizer products ranging from 1% to 80% in its testing.

Avoid these hand sanitizers that may contain methanol
The FDA is advising consumers not to use the following hand sanitizers because tests found them to contain methanol or that they were "purportedly made at the same facility as products in which FDA has tested and confirmed methanol contamination." The FDA also says to avoid sanitizers from the companies.


Find more information, including the product code where available, on the FDA website.

4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
4E Global's BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global's KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)
4E Global's MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
4E Global's BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global's BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global's BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's BLUEMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global's BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global's BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global's BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
4E Global's Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
4E Global's KLAR and DANVER INSTANT HAND SANTIZER
4E Global's Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
4E Global's BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
4E Global's BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
4E Global's Assured Aloe
AAA Cosmetica's bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
AAA Cosmetica's QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
DDI Multinacional's Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
DDI Multinacional's Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
DDI Multinacional's Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
Eskbiochem's All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem's Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Grupo Insoma's Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
Limpo Quimicos' Andy’s Best
Limpo Quimicos' Andy’s
Limpo Quimicos' Gelclor
Limpo Quimicos' NeoNatural
Limpo Quimicos' Plus Advanced
Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A.'s Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara's Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara's Selecto Hand Sanitizer
Mystic International's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
Soluciones Cosmeticas’ Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.)
Tropicosmeticos' Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto's DAESI hand sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones' Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones' Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones' Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones' Cavalry
Real Clean Distribuciones' ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones' Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones' Keep It Clean
Real Clean Distribuciones' Hand Sanitizer
MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
Liqesa Exportacion's Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer
Broncolin's Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol
Laboratorios Jaloma's Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E
Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16-ounce bottle (from Tennessee)

Recalled hand sanitizers
The following products have been recalled as of July 27:

ITECH 361's All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant: UPC code 628055370130.
Transliquid Technologies' Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer: NDC numbers include 75477-435-02, 75477-435-10, 75477-435-12, 75477-435-25, 75477-435-50 and 75477-534-10.
Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer, 1-liter bottles: Two distributors. The UVT hand sanitizer is labeled with lot number 0530 and an expiration date of 04/2022 and the Saniderm Products hand sanitizer is labeled with lot number 53131626 and “Manufactured on April/1/20.”
4e Brands North America's Blumen brand is voluntarily recalling 10 bottle sizes of hand sanitizers to the consumer level.
Real Clean Distribuciones is voluntarily recalling all lots it manufactured within expiry of the following brand names of hand sanitizers: Born Basic ANTI-BAC HAND SANITIZER, Scent Theory KEEP CLEAN Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer, Scent Theory KEEP IT CLEAN Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer and Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel to the consumer level.
LIQ-E S.A. de C.V. is voluntarily recalling all lots and all bottle sizes of "The OPTIMUS Instant Hand Sanitizer" manufactured between April 27 and May 8.
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