Methanol Hand Sanitizer Warning Update [US]

US FlagUS/Silver Spring: Logo - US Food and Drug AdministrationThe US Food and Drug Administration, an American regulatory and food safety authority, extends its warnings to consumers and health care providers concerning a sharp increase in Hand Sanitizer products that are labeled to contain Ethanol (also known as Ethyl Alcohol) but that have tested positive for Methanol contamination. Methanol, also known as Wood Alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.


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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following 87 Hand Sanitizer products are subject to this warning:

==> No barcodes, UPCs, item numbers, best-before date codes, manufacturing date codes, production dates, expiry dates, regulatory approval designations, registration numbers, agency approval designations or other identification numbers were listed with this warning.

According to the FDA, the agency is aware of adults and children ingesting Hand Sanitizer products contaminated with Methanol that and suffering adverse events including Blindness, Hospitalizations and Death.

==> Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for Hand Sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.

If you suspect you or your family members have been exposed to Hand Sanitizer containing Methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of Methanol poisoning. Substantial Methanol exposure can result in Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Blurred Vision, Permanent Blindness, Seizures, Coma, permanent damage to the Nervous System and/or Death.

Although everyone using Methanol-based products on their hands are at risk for Methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (Ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

You should neither use nor consume the Hand Sanitizer products identified above.

In addition to the warnings above, the FDA stresses the dangers of drinking ANY Hand Sanitizer under ANY conditions. While Hand Sanitizers with possible Methanol contamination are more life-threatening than those that are not contaminated, FDA urges Americans never to drink any of these products.


US CDC Coronavirus Tips___________________________________________________________

Further, the FDA warns the following:

  • Certain hand sanitizers that may not contain a sufficient amount of Ethyl Alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol. Hand Sanitizer products should have at least 70% Ethyl Alcohol or Isopropyl Alcohol to be effective.
  • Hand Sanitizers that are sold or offered for sale with false and misleading, unproven claims that they can prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19, including claims that they can provide prolonged protection (e.g., “for up to 24 hours”). These are untrue and should not be relied upon.
  • Products that are fraudulently marketed as “FDA-approved”. There are NO Hand Sanitizers approved by FDA.
  • Products labeled with harmful or poisonous ingredients, such as Methanol.
  • Products packaged to appear as drinks, candy or liquor bottles, as well as products marketed as drinks or cocktails because their appearance could result in accidental ingestion or encourage ingestion. Children are particularly at risk with these products since ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer may be lethal in a young child.

==> If you have a medical emergency, please contact 9-1-1, your closest hospital or emergency center equipped to properly treat Methanol poisoning.

==> To see other recalls, warnings and notifications caused by suspected faulty and/or dangerous Hand Sanitizer products, please search for “Hand Sanitizer” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls, warnings and notifications caused by suspected Methanol contamination, please search for “Methanol” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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