FDA Warns Against Hand Sanitizers that Contain the Toxic Substance Methanol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to use any hand sanitizer from a Mexican manufacturer after finding a potentially fatal toxic substance, in some of its products.

The agency said that the substance, methanol, is “not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers,” the use of which has risen dramatically curing the coronavirus pandemic. Substantial exposure can lead to problems including nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness or damage to the nervous system, seizures and coma. People exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol “should seek immediate treatment,” the FDA wrote in a statement, which lists nine known sanitizer products made by the company, Eskbiochem.

 FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

 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)