FDA Warns Against Methanol In Hand Sanitizers

Jul 6, 2020

The FDA is warning consumers about hand sanitizers which may be toxic - because they're made with methanol. There have been no reports of injuries from these hand sanitizers so far, but methanol is not an approved ingredient for hand sanitizer.

The FDA is advising consumers to avoid using some hand sanitizers produced by Eskbiochem SA de CV.

Any remaining hand sanitizer should be disposed of in hazardous waste containers. Do not flush these products or pour them down the drain.

The FDA has identified the following hand sanitizers:

  • 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)

The FDA has requested Eskibiochem remove these sanitizers from the market, but they have not done so.

There has been a voluntary recall of Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer distributed by Saniderm and UVT due to the presence of methanol. The UVT hand sanitizer is labeled with lot number 0530 and an expiration date of 04/2022. The Saniderm Products hand sanitizer is labeled with lot number 53131626 and “Manufactured on April/1/20.