FDA Expands List of Dangerous Hand Sanitizers
With the pandemic still around in the country, hand sanitizer have become a hot item. For months it was hard to even find any in stock, but now we are seeing more and more brands available. However not all hand sanitizers are made the same, and you should really check the labels to see what’s in them.
And even that might not be a sure thing. A warning letter has been issued to Eskbiochem S.A. de C.V. for example for distributing harmful products and incorrectly stating FDA approval among other things.
The US Food and Drug Administration has been compiling a list of dangerous had sanitizing products, which keeps growing. Many companies are using unsafe alcohols in their products, which can poison people through their skin.
FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested, the FDA website says.
Additionally, some of the products the FDA has tested, have concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are active ingredients in hand sanitizer products. 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.