The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of toxic hand sanitizers to 75 products stating that it contains methanol, a toxic substance that can eventually result in death if absorbed or ingested through the skin. And therefore unsafe for human use.
The warning includes some products that claim ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, which is safe to use, but which tests positive for methanol.
The agency’s initial list of harmful hand sanitizers began with a batch of nine alcohol-based cleaning products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico stating that it contained wood methanol.
However, since then the list continues to look for sanitizers, which contain toxins.
The FDA states that it is concerned about “false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers”, suggesting that the products may provide longer-term protection, against COVID-19 “such as 24 hours.” “, Because there is no basis for such claims.
Here is a link to a list of 75 products that the FDA says in its investigation so far have identified hand-sanitizer products that are “contaminated with methanol that have recently been linked to adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations, and deaths.” Has caused: ”
The following are some brands that have been considered harmful by the FDA.
- Blaine Cleanse Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
- Blume Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
- Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
- KLAR and Denver Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbarrier International Inc.)
- Modessa Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer and Vitamin E
- BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
- BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
- BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
- Blumen clear LEAR advanced hand sanitizer
- BLUEMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
- The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
- Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clean
- Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
- Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Elo
- Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
- Blum Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
- Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender with 70% alcohol
- Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe with 70% alcohol
- Blamen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
- Blaine Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
- KLAR and Denver Instant Hand Centigar
- Hello Kitty Sanrio by Hand Sanitizer
- Assured instant hand sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
- Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe & Moisturizer)
- Instant hand sanitizer assures Vitamin E and Aloe
- Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe & Moisturizer Assured
- Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
- Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
- Elo assured
- Bio Aga Advanced Hand Sanitizer
- Lumskin Advanced Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
- LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
- QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
- Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
- Hands Sanjeevika Agaspa Skincare
- Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rental Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
- Lover 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
- Good gel antibacterial gel hand sanitizer
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
- Hand sanitizer gel is free from 70% alcohol
- Andy best
- Also advanced
- Optimus lubricant instant hand sanitizer
- Shine & Clean Hand Sanitizer
- Selector hand sanitizer
- Mystic Shield Protection Hand Sanitizer
- Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
- Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer
- Hand Sanitizer (Auditorium & Gardening Corp with wet look)
- Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
- DAESI Hand Sanitizer
The FDA wrote on June 19, “Consumers who have been mixed with a methanol-containing sanitizer should seek immediate treatment, which is important for the potential reversal of the toxic effects of methanol poisoning.”
Read: FDA lists 59 hand sanitizers that may be toxic if absorbed by the body after expansion of the initial list
“Adequate methanol exposure can cause permanent damage to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, nervous system or death,” the report states. The agency said the potential ingestion risk is mostly focused on young children or adolescents who may use alcohol-based sanitizers as a substitute for cereal alcohol.
Meanwhile, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, demand for hand sanitizers has increased worldwide as coronovirus has spread, infecting about 13 million people with 3.3 million in the US alone.
Back in March, many retailers, including Costco Wholesale Corp. Cost,
BJ Wholesale Club Holdings Inc BJ,
And Kroger Co. K.R.
Reported an increase in sales of hand-cleaning products and other sanitizing goods. In the week ending April 25, Nielsen said that Hand Sanitizer saw the biggest increase in sales at the end of the week.
Individuals have also attempted to make sanitizers with their own hands. However, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that washing hands with plain soap and water is the best way to kill novel strains of corvaviruses that cause COVID-19.
In addition, a hand sanitizer requires at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol dissolves lipid membranes and disrupts other supramolecular interactions in the virus but you need a fairly high concentration of alcohol to achieve rapid dissolution of the virus. Vodka or whiskey – usually 40% ethanol – will not quickly dissolve the virus. “Overall, alcohol is not as good as soap in this work,” wrote Palli Thordeson, a professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of South Wales, Sydney, in a column for Marketwatch in April.