Aug 04, 2020
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The agency has moved to keep several of the products, which it found to have inadequate concentrations of alcohol, from entering the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of hand sanitizers that consumers should avoid to include products with inadequate levels of alcohol in addition to those containing methanol.
The agency issued an advisory last week announcing that its tests had found four hand sanitizers with “concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol” — active ingredients in hand sanitizers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that consumers use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent ethanol, if soap and water are not available.
The four hand sanitizers the F.D.A. found to have inadequate concentrations of ethanol are NeoNatural, Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution, Datsen Hand Sanitizer and Alcohol Antiseptic 62 Percent Hand Sanitizer.
Three of the four products, all of which are manufactured in Mexico, were added to an import alert to stop them from entering the United States.
The F.D.A. also flagged several more products that had inadequate amounts of benzalkonium chloride, a chemical with antimicrobial properties.