75 dangerous hand sanitizers that are being sold at major retailers such as CVS, Wallmart and others have been recalled by the FDA. The dangerous products contained methanol, also known as wood alcohol. When absorbed by the skin or swallowed, methanol can lead to severe injury such as blindness neurological damage or even death. The FDA has received several reports of consumers including children who suffered personal injury or died after being exposed to these dangerous products.
Please check your hand sanitizer and make sure it is not part of the list released by the FDA.
Some of the products recalled were sold under the following brands: Good Gel, Lavar 70, Saniderm, CleanCare, All-Clean and Eskbiochem. All these brands are manufactured by the same Mexican company Eskbiochem SA de CV.
10 products sold under the brand Blumen and manufactured by 4e Brands in San Antonio were also recalled.
Hello Kitty by Sanrio, a hand sanitizer popular with children because of its bottle shaped like a Hello Kitty’s head also contains methanol and was recalled.
Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer imported from Mexico was also on the recall list.
These are only a few popular items on the long list released by the FDA.
Tests by the FDA found various levels of methanol in the tested products. For example a tested sample of Lavar Gel contained 81% of methanol while a tested sample of CleanCare no Germ contained 28% of the toxic substance.
Please dispose of any these products if you own any but don’t flush them down the drain.
If you believe you have been exposed to one of these products please contact your doctor and seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects. Methanol poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, vision issues and blindness, coma, seizure, brain damage, nerve damage and even death.
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