FDA Warns Of Nine Hand Sanitizers That Are Potentially Fatal

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By 98.5 KTK

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that some alcohol-based hand sanitizers currently on the market can be toxic to humans.  Nine hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem and sold under the names "CleanCare No Germ," "Saniderm," "The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer," "Esk Biochem" and "All-Clean Hand Sanitizer" contain wood methanol, a toxic substance that could ultimately result in death of absorbed through the skin or ingested. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.  The FDA said Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (grain) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

Here are a list of the hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • 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)
  • 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)


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