The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid nine brands of potentially toxic hand sanitizers. According to the report, the antibacterial gels and lotions in question may contain methanol, which can be lethal if absorbed through the skin.
The agency’s alert specifically calls out products by Mexico-based manufacturer Eskbiochem SA de CV, asking them to pull these “potentially dangerous products” from the US market. Lab tests revealed that one of its sanitizers, Lavar Gel, contained 81% methanol. Another name, CleanCare No Germ, showed a methanol content of 28%. Symptoms of methanol poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness and seizures, and could lead to coma, damage to the nervous system and death, the FDA said.
The FDA listed these products in their report:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)’
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)