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FDA Hand Sanitizer Warning

FDA Hand Sanitizer Warning

hand sanitizer recall

On June 19, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about the use of hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV, a company based in Mexico, due to the presence of methanol. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, when absorbed through the skin or ingested can be toxic.


Due to the current pandemic the world is facing, the demand for hand sanitizing products has increased exponentially. To keep up with the demand, a number of companies looked to producing their own hand sanitizers, but with alternative components because of the shortage of usual ingredients.


As explained by the FDA, methanol is not an ingredient that should be used in hand sanitizers because of the toxicity of methanol if absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA identified the following products as being manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

After testing, the FDA found that Lavar Gel contained 81% methanol and CleanCare No Germ contained 28% methanol. Those consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek treatment immediately. A substantial exposure to methanol can have side effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent Blindness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Permanent Nervous System Damage
  • Death

The FDA contacted Eskbiochem on June 17, 2020, with a recommendation that the company remove their hand sanitizers from the market. To date, the company has not taken any action in doing such.


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By |2020-07-15T01:27:23+00:00July 15th, 2020|Blog|
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