Highlights: FDA Recalls At Least 77 Hand Sanitizers

July 24, 2020

  • According to regulators, products may contain dangerous levels of methanol.
  • Methanol can lead to blindness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Many of these products are widely available in Walmart and other large retailers.
  • The coronavirus pandemic triggered more production of hand sanitizers and led to form new brands onto the market.
  • The FDA identified 77 of these products that consumers should avoid.
  • When methanol penetrates through the skin, it can be toxic. Methanol can also cause blindness and fatal when ingested.
  • The products are mislabeled and consumers would not be able to tell if it contains methanol or not.
  • The list of recalled hand sanitizer products can be found here.
  • The products are manufactured by different companies and most of them came from Mexico.
  • Blumen brand hand sanitizer is one of the recalled products.
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Walmart are some of the retailers that carry these products.
  • The FDA also warned about products that claimed to be “FDA-approved.”

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/07/24/hand-sanitizer-recall/

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol

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