RECALL: Hand Sanitizers Containing Toxic Chemicals

Recall 1: Methanol in Hand
Sanitizers


woman applying hand sanitizer

Dibar Nutricional LLC is recalling all  Dibar Labs Hand Sanitizers packages in eight-ounce and 16-ounce bottles, its ProtectoRx Hand Sanitizer packages in two-ounce and 16-ounce bottles, and its Advance Hand Sanitizer packages in 16-ounce bottles, to the consumer level, according to the FDA notice.

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Toxin

The products are being recalled after testing revealed the presence of methanol, a toxic chemical.

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Symptoms & Risks

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. While people using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest the products and adolescents and adults who drink the products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

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Identifying Affected Products

The affected bottles of hand sanitizer distributed nationwide include a 12-digit lot code printed on the bottle near the base. You can go here for a full list of affected products by lot code.

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What to Do

Consumers should stop using the sanitizers and return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions about this recall can contact Dibar at 443-314-5369 or email QA@dibarlabs.com.

Recall 2: Methanol in Hand Sanitizers

 

person holding hand sanitizer

Earlier this month, the FDA announced a recall by Global Sanitizers, which recalled 50,000 units of Medically Minded hand sanitizers with lot numbers E212020 and E082020, and best buy dates of May 21, 2022.

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Toxin

The products are being recalled after testing revealed the presence of methanol, a toxic chemical.

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Symptoms & Risks

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. While people using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest the products and adolescents and adults who drink the products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

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Identifying Affected Products

Medically Minded hand sanitizer is packaged in 8.5 ounce/250 ml clear bottles with caps with the following UPC 7675300359. The affected hand sanitizer products were distributed nationwide between July and August 2020.

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What to Do

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can call Global Sanitizers at 702-323-4402 or email recall@globalsanitizers.com. Consumers should contact their physician or health-care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product, the FDA stated.

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Benzene in Hand Sanitizers

A recent study conducted by an independent pharmacy and lab analyzed more than 260 brands of hand sanitizer and found that 44 contained benzene, a toxic chemical* that causes cancer in humans.  The pharmacy issued a citizen’s petition to the FDA as a result of the research, calling on the agency to recall the products found to have unacceptable levels of benzene, conduct its own investigation and revisit its guidelines for hand sanitizers.

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*The study reportedly found 21 products above the interim FDA limit for benzene and another 23 that contained between 0.1 and 2 parts per million of benzene. One product, ArtNaturals hand sanitizer, had 16.1 parts per million of the chemical — over eight times the allowed limit, the study found.

Click here to view a full list of the products found to have any trace of benzene.

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