List of Toxic Hand Sanitizers Expands
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA announced that consumers must avoid hand sanitizers produced by Real Clean Distribuciones because the products may contain methanol or wood alcohol and have since been recalled. Walmart stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia sold hand sanitizer made with wood alcohol, Costco stores also sold the potentially deadly hand sanitizer during May of 2020.
The FDA continues to investigate hand sanitizer products for dangerous wood alcohol. Wood alcohol is a toxic substance when ingested or absorbed through the skin. The FDA’s list of companies that manufactured hand sanitizers containing methanol was made in Mexico. No hand sanitizers made in the U.S. were made with wood alcohol. However, some domestic companies distributed recalled hand sanitizers.
One of the domestic companies is a firm from San Antonio, Texas, which distributes 4e Brands Blumen line of hand sanitizers. The recall of Blumen hand sanitizer involves 213 lots of products. The products were distributed to Walmart stores operating in New England, the northeast, and the mid-Atlantic region.
The FDA flagged hand sanitizers containing methanol after learning of severe illnesses and even fatalities attributed to using or drinking hand sanitizers containing wood alcohol. Absorbing wood alcohol through the skin or drinking the substance — either accidentally or intentionally — could cause permanent blindness, nervous system disruptions, nausea, vomiting, or death. The FDA indicates that children are the most vulnerable to wood alcohol poisoning if the child accidentally drinks the substance. Adults who drink wood alcohol, believing it would have the same effects of ethyl alcohol, are also in danger of suffering from poisoning.
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