With manufacturers hurrying to meet the growing demand for hand sanitizers during the coronavirus pandemic, some do not adhere to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety regulations. Earlier this month, the FDA recalled dozens of brands of hand sanitizer that contained methanol, a toxic chemical that can cause nausea, headache, vision problems, and other diseases if absorbed through the skin or even absorbed.
CNN reports that the organization released a statement Monday, July 27, warning consumers to look for previously recalled products that may still be on shelves. Several other brands have also been added to the recall list, including Herbacil, Jaloma and Leiper̵
While methanol kills germs, its toxicity makes it an unacceptable ingredient in any drug that is regulated by the FDA. And since many of the recalled products don’t list methanol anywhere on the product label, just make sure you don’t see the word Methanol On a bottle of hand sanitizer that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Instead, the FDA recommends avoiding all products whose manufacturer’s name, product name or NDC number (National Drug Code) is on the recall list.
“The manufacture, import, and distribution of toxic hand sanitizers pose a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated,” said FDA commissioner Stephen M. Hahn in a press release. “The FDA will take additional action as needed and will continue to provide the latest consumer health and safety information on the subject.”
Part of this action is to send warning letters to manufacturers who do not immediately recall their toxic products. The letters – like the one the FDA sent to Mexico-based EskBiochem SA de CV – require detailed research, lists of raw materials, shipping records, and more.
The full list of FDA recalled hand sanitizers can be found here.