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The list of hand sanitizers being recalled grows daily at an alarming rate, and some stores still have them stocked on their shelves. Among them are Target and Walmart, two of the largest retailers in the U.S. still carrying hand sanitizers that have a toxic wood alcohol engrained in them.

The ever-growing list of recalled hand sanitizers by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration increased again over the weekend, and the two aforementioned stores had carried them.

Just like so many other hand sanitizers recalled for containing methanol (wood alcohol), the freshest list of products also contain the toxic alcohol.

The FDA stated in an email this weekend that "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."
Some of the products recently recalled include Scent Theory Keep Clean and Keep It Clean, Born Basic, and Lux Eoi hand sanitizers, which are partly distributed by Real Clean Distribuciones. Target has sold Born Basic Anti-Bac hand sanitizer while Walmart has sold Scent Theory. Walmart also previously sold Blumen hand sanitizer, which had also been previously recalled.

The FDA listed these side effects for toxic sanitizers.

"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," the agency announced. "Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death."As for the recently recalled hand sanitizers at Walmart and Target, here are the lot numbers for each product.

Scent Theory Keep Clean, 16.9-ounce bottles: 1633220, 1733220, 1833220, 1933220, 2033220, 2133220, 2233220, 2333220, 2433220, 2533220, 2633220, 2733220, 2833220, 2933220, 3033220, 3133220, 3233220, 3333220, 3433220, 3533220, 3633220, 3733220, 3833220, 3933220, 4033220 and 4133220.

Scent Theory Keep It Clean, 16.9-ounce bottles: 0133220, 0233220, 0333220, 0433220, 0533220, 0633220, 0733220, 0833220, 0933220, 1033220 1133220, 1233220, 1333220, 1433220 and 1533220.

Born Basic Anti-Bac, 9.5-ounce bottles: 0133720 and 0233720.

Born Basic Anti-Bac, 16.9-ounce bottles: 0833420, 0933420, 1033420, 1133420, 1233420, 1333420, 1433420, 1533420, 1633420, 1733420, 1833420, 1933420, 2033420, 2133420, 2233420, 2333420, 2433420, 2533420, 2633420, 2733420, 2833420 and 2933420.

Born Basic Anti-Bac, 34-ounce bottles: 0133420, 0233420, 0333420, 0433420, 0533420 and 0633420.

Lux Eoi Born Basic Anti-Bac, 16.9-ounce bottles: 0133920, 0233920 and 0333920.

When the COVID-19 pandemic became a force that affected life in the United States, doctors and politicians warned Americans to wash their hands for 20 seconds, sneeze or cough into their elbows and use sanitizers when necessary. Then in June, the FDA began listing hand sanitizers being recalled because of their safety issues.

Though hand sanitizer is commonly recommended to help keep your hands clean while in public—or even inside your home—so many of them have been discovered to have methanol, which can be toxic if either ingested or infiltrated wrongly through skin.

For people wanting to continuously stay clean, the FDA and CDC recommend that you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—as needed, or several times a day—and to practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizers are recommended while in public, as long as the product contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

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