After the 2018 scandal involving Mexican resorts and the poisoning of tourists by cutting liquor with Methanol it looks like Mexico is once again in the spotlight for more Methanol poisoning, this time with hand sanitizer.
The FDA has issued a recall and warning for over 75 hand sanitizers that are made in Mexico and contain methanol. Methanol is wood alcohol and is toxic if absorbed by the skin or swallowed. It can cause seizures, permanent blindness and neurological damage and even death.
We tried to research the labels of these hand sanitizers and could only find an image of the Saniderm brand online. The ingredient list does not show methanol as one of the ingredients in this hand sanitizer. A consumer purchasing this or any of the other FDA recalled brands would have no idea that this product was not safe and contained a toxic ingredient.
While plain soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if you must use hand sanitizer, make sure that it contains at least 60% alcohol and is made in the USA. See our list below of hand sanitizers made in the USA.
Recalled Made in Mexico Hand Sanitizer Details
On June 29, 2020 the FDA issued a recall of UVT hand sanitizer and Saniderm Products hand sanitizer.
June 19, 2020 the FDA advised consumers to stop using hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico. These brand names included:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
The FDA is asking that these hand sanitizer be treated and disposed of as hazardous waste. We recommend that you check the label on all hand sanitizer you have already purchased and properly dispose of any that is on this recall list.
For more information and a complete list of contaminated hand sanitizers please visit the FDA website here. *The complete list is at the bottom of the FDA website link.
In order to help consumers find safe alternatives to made in Mexico and made in China hand sanitizers we are compiling a list of hand sanitizers that are made in the USA.
List of Hand Sanitizers Made in the USA
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