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FDA Expands List of Hand Sanitizers That Contain Toxic Methanol

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has issued warning against 75 hand sanitizers that contain methanol. FDA has made it clear that methanol has toxic health effects. FDA has made the list public so that people can avoid buying or using these sanitizers.

Some of these sanitizers contain as much as 81% of methanol. Methanol is also known as wood alcohol. It has many side effects, mainly on kids. The indigestion of methanol can cause blindness or even death in severe cases.

How Methanol Present In Hand Sanitizers Affects Our Health?

Methanol has many bad effects on our health. It can cause dehydration on the skin resulting in dry skin. This dryness can even cause dermatitis in that region of our skin. It gets absorbed through the skin and results in toxicity in the body.

When methanol fumes are inhaled by us, it can result in toxicity of methanol in the lungs. Fumes and skin absorption both can cause methanol toxicity. Skin absorption is harmful to everyone but these types of sanitizers are highly harmful to children. Its fumes are inflammable which is another possible dangerous thing about this chemical present in sanitizers.

Symptoms Of Methanol Poisoning

  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Unconsciousness
  • Visual disturbance

Methanol Containing Hand Sanitizers To Stay Away From

  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (lot number 74589-003-01)
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (lot number 74589-005-03)

If by any chance you have bought any of these hand sanitizers get rid of it immediately. Through it away and replace it with other safe hand sanitizers. FDA recommends that you should dispose of the sanitizer instead of flushing it down the drain.

The number of methanol abuse have increased this year by 59 percent. Majority of the cases are children under 6 years age. This data is presented by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Misleading FDA Approved Labels

Covid-19 has emerged an increased demand for hand sanitizers throughout the world. Since the virus has badly affected the nation, a new hand sanitizer is hitting the market every hour.

This demand led to the relaxation of the sanitizer manufacturing rule set by the FDA. Many companies have used the relaxation to their benefits and produced chemical sanitizers that are unsafe for our usage.

Many products are coming with an “FDA Approved” labels but these are highly misleading. FDA publishes a product listing that contains the drugs used by the companies in their products. This list is published in the National Drug Code (NDC) directory.

Entry on this list doesn’t mean that a drug is approved by the FDA. If you need to check the ingredient list present in NDC list, then you can search for “hand sanitizer” to find out whether or not the ingredient is allowed.

FDA is taking steps to direct manufacturers to denature alcohol. That will make the sanitizer smell and taste bad to stop children from ingesting the sanitizers. The officials are also working on limiting the use of methanol in sanitizers.