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Health & Fit FDA Announces New Deadly Toxin Found in Hand Sanitizers, Adding to Recalls

05:16  13 august  2020
05:16  13 august  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

FDA Recommends Not Using These Nine Hand Sanitizers Considered Toxic

  FDA Recommends Not Using These Nine Hand Sanitizers Considered Toxic The hand sanitizers are manufactured in Mexico, and the FDA says they are made with wood alcohol, and can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or digested. The FDA stated on its website that the sanitizer manufactured in Eskbiochem SA de CV contains the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol).

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of potentially deadly hand sanitizer products, warning a Mexican-based company about selling products that contain methanol, a dangerous form of alcohol that can poison people through their skin.

UPDATE: The FDA has added even more brands to its list of dangerous hand sanitizers to avoid - many of which contain the toxic substance methanol - bringing the total number of products up to 90. The FDA announced on July 27 that it has recalled nearly 75 potentially deadly sanitizing products

A person takes from a bottle of hydroalcoholic hand sanitizer on March 5, 2020. The FDA has recalled more than 100 hand sanitizers that contain methanol, and now the agency says 1-propanol is another toxin found in hand sanitizers. © Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images A person takes from a bottle of hydroalcoholic hand sanitizer on March 5, 2020. The FDA has recalled more than 100 hand sanitizers that contain methanol, and now the agency says 1-propanol is another toxin found in hand sanitizers.

It's been almost two months since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began recalls of hand sanitizers because certain products contained methanol, also know as wood alcohol. Since then, more than 100 hand sanitizers have been recalled.

The FDA just updated its list of hand sanitizers you should avoid to include products that contain the deadly chemical methanol

  The FDA just updated its list of hand sanitizers you should avoid to include products that contain the deadly chemical methanol According to the FDA, methanol has been reported to cause blindness, hospitalization, and even death when absorbed through the skin or ingested.  "Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer and must not be used due to its toxic effects," the FDA wrote in a report on its website. "FDA's investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoingVisit Insider's homepage for more stories.The Food and Drug Administration updated its growing list of hand sanitizers to avoid on Friday, adding five products based in Mexico that contain the dangerous chemical methanol.

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the list of hand sanitizers — some sold at Walmart, Costco and other national chains — being recalled to at least 75 recently, saying toxic levels of wood alcohol in them can cause injury or death. The FDA said that there has been an increase in

The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) issued an expanded warning to avoid 76 hand sanitizer brands The recalled hand sanitizers are made by Eskbiochem and other companies in Mexico and contain Methanol, unlike the ethyl alcohol commonly found in hand sanitizer , is not an approved

The FDA on Wednesday announced another toxin that can be as deadly as methanol. That toxin is called 1-propanol, which can depress the central nervous system. The FDA stated some products are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination.

"The agency urges consumers not to use these 1-propanol-contaminated products and has expanded its do-not-use list of hand sanitizers ... that are or may be contaminated with 1-propanol, in addition to other hand sanitizers the agency is urging consumers not to use," the FDA said in a statement.

Consumers who have any products on the do-not-use list, or potentially has methanol or 1-propanol, should quit using them immediately and get rid of them through a hazardous waste container. The agency recommends to not wash them down the drain.

The FDA said the biggest issues with the products are young children accidentally ingesting the toxin, or adults and adolescents who drink it as a substitute for alcohol. On animal tests, 1-propanol is 2 to 4 times as potent to the central nervous system as ethanol—or normal alcohol.

The FDA Has Added Nearly 80 More Products to Its List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizers

  The FDA Has Added Nearly 80 More Products to Its List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizers The hand sanitizers in question all contain methanol, a wood alcohol that can cause nervous-system damage.The FDA recommends using hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60 percent, but not just any alcohol — ethanol or isopropanol are the safe, effective, and doctor-recommended varieties. Another type of alcohol derived from wood, called methanol, "is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested," the FDA warns. And, unfortunately, the agency has been finding more and more products contaminated with it.

The FDA announced it had seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizers that have tested positive for methanol contamination, even though they were FDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 07/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S

The hand sanitizers tested positive for methanol, a toxic substance when absorbed through the skin or ingested. The FDA said Thursday that methanol, or wood alcohol, "is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects."

Symptoms of exposure to 1-propanol include confusion, decreased consciousness, and slowed pulse and breathing. Anyone who has come in contact with a product containing 1-propanol and begins feeling any of these symptoms should seek immediate care to treat potential 1-propanol poisoning.

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. The introduction of 1-propanol is another way the FDA is warning consumers of the dangers of products on the market.

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.

The FDA has advised people to not use certain hand sanitizers that are manufactured in Mexico.

Hand sanitizers became a hot commodity as spreading of COVID-19 during the global pandemic led to fears, shutdowns and more awareness of cleanliness.

"FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers," it said. "Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims."

FDA's list of hand sanitizers to avoid grows again with more than 100 identified that may contain methanol

  FDA's list of hand sanitizers to avoid grows again with more than 100 identified that may contain methanol The FDA has further expanded the list of hand sanitizers to avoid because they may contain the toxic substance methanol. More have been recalled.As of Saturday, the FDA's "do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products" now includes 101 varieties of hand sanitizer that should be avoided – some that have already been recalled and other products being recommended for recalls – as they may contain methanol, a potentially fatal ingredient.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The Food and Drug Administration has added dozens more hand sanitizers to a growing list of products that should be avoided after they tested All of the hand sanitizers on the list were apparently produced in Mexico. According to the FDA , it has seen a spike

The FDA expanded its alert about hand sanitizers containing methanol, a potentially toxic substance. FDA warns of dozens more hand sanitizers to avoid, growing list to 75. By July 8, several dozen more products had been added to the list for either containing methanol or for being

Here's a list of hand sanitizers the FDA says to not use:

Product(s)

All-Clean Hand Sanitizer

Andy's

Andy's Best

Assured Aloe

Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Moisturizers

Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and Aloe

Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)

Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)

Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers

Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe

Be Safe Hand Sanitizer

Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer

Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free

bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe

Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol

BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear

Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol

BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear

BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear

Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%

BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender

The FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizers has now grown to more than 100

  The FDA's list of dangerous hand sanitizers has now grown to more than 100 The agency's list of hand sanitizers now includes those that contain insufficient levels of alcohol. "FDA test results show certain hand sanitizers have concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are active ingredients in hand sanitizer products," the agency said in its updated warning on July 31. "The agency urges consumers not to use these subpotent products and has expanded its list to include subpotent hand sanitizers, in addition to hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated with methanol."Nearly all of the hand sanitizers on the FDA's list were manufactured in Mexico.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use hand sanitizer manufactured by the Mexican company Eskbiochem SA de CV because the "Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment," the FDA said in a statement.

The recall now includes 75 brands sold at retailers nationwide. New York Residents Organize Community Fridges to Feed Hungry Neighbors. Target Announces All Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving.

BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol

BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol

Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol

BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe

BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender

It’s easier than ever to make hand sanitizer. But eased restrictions have come with consequences.

  It’s easier than ever to make hand sanitizer. But eased restrictions have come with consequences. Toxic chemicals and odd smells have plagued some new hand sanitizers, but the demand isn’t going anywhere.“So the next day, I ran to work and I sat down with my head distiller and I said, ‘Can we make hand sanitizer?’” Christenson said.

BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer

BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus

BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera

BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free

Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% Alcohol

Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcohol

Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%

Cavalry

CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol

CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol

CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol

Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%

Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloe

DAESI Hand Sanitizer

Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced

ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel

Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer

GelBact Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare

Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol

Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub

Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%

Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol

Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free

Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol

Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% Alcohol

Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin E

KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer

KLAR and DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer

Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Advanced

Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer

Leiper's Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper's Fork Distillery 16 oz bottle

LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz

LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz

Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel

Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical Solution

Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe Vera

Hand Sanitizers Made in Texas, 3 Other States Now on FDA's Do-Not-Use List

  Hand Sanitizers Made in Texas, 3 Other States Now on FDA's Do-Not-Use List Hand sanitizers made in these four states, plus China, have been added to the list of "do-not-use" hand sanitizers that is now at more than 150, the FDA says.Texas is the largest state on the list, followed by North Carolina, Georgia and Utah. China is the other country added, according to the FDA.

Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin E

MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E

Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer

NeoNatural

NEXT Hand Sanitizer

NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

NuuxSan Instant Hand Sanitizer

Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer

Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer

Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer

Parabola Hand Sanitizer

Plus Advanced

Purity Advanced Hand Sanitizer

QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer

Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100

Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer

Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer

Selecto Hand Sanitizer

Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer

The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer

The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer

TriCleanz

TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand Sanitizer

Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer

Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare

Wave Hand Sanitizer Gel

The FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information as possible to identify the product).

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