Hand sanitizer is as much a part of daily life now as wearing a mask and social distancing.
Hоwеvеr, уоu might wаnt tо dоublе-сhесk уоur ѕtаѕh: Thе U.S. Fооd and Drug Administration (FDA) juѕt shared a nеw wаrning аgаinѕt uѕing hаnd ѕаnitizеrѕ mаnufасturеd bу thе Mexico-based Eskbiochem SA dе CV duе to potentially tоxiс alcohol, in a report рubliѕhеd оn Junе 19.
The FDA warning says to avoid the following brands:
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)
These brands are not safe for use because the FDA discovered potentially toxic levels of methanol in samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Methanol, unlike the ethyl alcohol commonly found in hand sanitizer, is not an approved ingredient for hand sanitizers and is not safe to use.
Substantial methanol exposure (including topical or ingestion) can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death according to the FDA.
If you may have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol, you should contact your doctor ASAP for treatment and dispose of the product, per the FDA. “Do not flush or pour these products down the drain,” the agency advised.
Also, be on the lookout for false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, like 24-hour protection against viruses including COVID-19. “There is no evidence to support these claims,” per the FDA. As always, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to keep them clean and prevent the spread of germs.