FDA Says No to Certain Hand Sanitizers

Some brands may contain toxic chemicals.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase hand sanitizers manufactured from EskBiochem SA de CV due to the potential presence of toxic chemicals.

The Mexican company manufactures nine different products that are still on the market that may contain methanol, which can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin or ingested, according to a letter from the FDA. The company was warned on June 17 to remove their potentially dangerous products from the market, but have not yet done so.

Methanol should not be used in hand sanitizers, and consumers who have been exposed should seek immediate medical treatment, the FDA says. Significant exposure to the chemical can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death, the FDA’s warning states.

“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,” the FDA said.

Customers are encouraged to stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately. However, they should not be flushed or poured down the drain.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For persons exposed to or using the toxic hand sanitizers to be free of the most harmful effects.
  • For the Mexican company to remove the products from the market, and for retailers to ensure that their products do not remain available.

Sources: FDA.gov, Fox News


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