FBA strictly warns about 9 brands from Mexico that may contain Methanol.

Today we have some awareness that a Coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) is mainly spread not just from a person’s mouth by inhaling the droplets but also has spread through feces. One can get affected by touching the surface and then your face and eyes. and we often touch our face without even realizing it. A study done by National Center for Biotechnology Information found we people touch a average of 23 time in an hour.

To prevent spreading this infectious virus a hand sanitizers has emerged as next best option to hand wash with soap and warm water. Center for disease control and prevention (CDC) has recommended to use alcohol based hand sanitizers that has more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. but is your hand sanitizer safe for you and your family?

Your alcohol based hand sanitizer may be toxic

On June 23th, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strictly warned customer against using 9 hand sanitizers brands, due to the potential presence of above 80% Methanol alcohol manufactured by the Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico. People who did use any of these brands are advised to seek immediate treatment and throw the product in the “appropriate hazardous waste containers.”

Methanol is considering a cheaper alternative to ethanol (normal alcohol that can be consumed) and often deliberately and illegally added to alcoholic beverages where the cost of legitimate alcohol might be perceived as too high.

Following are the 9 potentially toxic brands that may contain Methanol:

  • 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)

Is Methanol and Ethanol are same?

Ethanol and Methanol sounds familiar and both are alcohols and they both have almost similar properties. Both are volatile, colorless and flammable liquids and has distinctive unpleasant smell.

Ethanol is mostly produced by the fermentation of sugar by yeast, any crop or plant that has starch and cellulose can be used for ethanol production, Methanol also called methyl is a alcohol or wood alcohol is mostly produced synthetically through catalysis from Carbon monoxide, Carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Methanol is used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics, paints, cosmetics and fuels. 

Ethanol alcohol can be found in alcoholic beverages and result drunkenness, headache and nausea on the other have Methanol is hazardous and should never be indigested. Exposure of methanol can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death when absorbs.

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