At a time when so many of us are constantly washing and sanitizing our hands, a shocking report announces that some hand sanitizer brands are far from safe. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report warning consumers against using 9 specific brands of hand sanitizer. The products are made with methanol (also called wood alcohol), an ingredient that is extremely toxic when consumed. When absorbed through the skin it can cause a number of severe reactions, including:

  • Vomiting 
  • Blindness 
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

This dangerous ingredient has been found in certain hand sanitizers from the following brands: CleanCare, All Clean, Saniderm, Lavar, The Good Gel, and Esk Biochem. If you aren’t sure whether you have used hand sanitizer from these brands, be sure to click the link for the full list of product names and additional information. These products may still be available for purchase online or in stores, and it is strongly advised that you do not buy them. If you have any of these hand sanitizers, the FDA recommends that you immediately dispose of them in a hazardous waste depository.

The FDA will continue to monitor this developing situation and report on adverse events. Unfortunately, in situations like these it may take time before the full effect of the toxic product is known. It remains to be seen how many people these dangerous hand sanitizers have already harmed. If you or someone you know have become seriously ill after using one of these  toxic hand sanitizers, you need an experienced product liability attorney to evaluate your potential claim. To learn more about what makes a product liability case, visit our blog (link). For a free and confidential consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski regarding your case, call or message us today.

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-advises-consumers-not-use-hand-sanitizer-products-manufactured-eskbiochem