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FDA releases list of nearly a dozen hand sanitizers with a potentially fatal ingredient

COVID-19 has turned 2020 into the year of face masks and hand sanitizer. There’s been such increased demand for both that local governments have had to step in to protect Americans from price gouging. Now the federal government, specifically the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is stepping in to protect Americans again. The FDA is now warning Americans of 9 hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a toxic alcohol.


Hand Sanitizers to Avoid:

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)


As the Centers for Disease Control explains, “methanol is a toxic alcohol that is used industrially as a solvent, pesticide and alternative fuel source.” Symptoms of methanol exposure include but are not limited to: nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system and death. A “lethal dose” of methanol is a dose of 30 to 240 ml.

If you have any of these hand sanitizers, the FDA recommends that you dispose of them immediately. If you’ve used any of these hand sanitizers you should seek immediate medical attention.

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