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Hand Sanitizer Recall

The FDA Adds 50+ Hand Sanitizer Companies to the List

In the ever-changing COVID-19 era, hand sanitizer is the one product that Americans believed they could rely on. Hand sanitizer was flying off the shelves and nowhere to be found when COVID-19 first showed up in the United States. As always, the market responded and within weeks stores were restocked with an influx of new hand sanitizer brands. The hand sanitizer world took off! Consumers were offered hand sanitizers in different colors, scents, bottles, form, and convenience features. Little did we know, many of these brands would end up on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) hand sanitizer recall list.

Hand Sanitizer Recall

Over the past few months, the FDA has been adding toxic hand sanitizers containing methanol (wood alcohol) to their ever-growing hand sanitizer recall list. The FDA has tested and confirmed numerous brands of hand sanitizer contain methanol. Methanol, which is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizer, is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Those exposed to high amounts of methanol may experience nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and death, amongst other symptoms. The FDA’s latest warning regarding the hand sanitizer recall states they have become apprised of multiple children and adults who have recently suffered blindness and death after ingesting hand sanitizers, later learned to contain methanol. If you have used a brand of sanitizer that is currently on the FDA’s hand sanitizer recall list, you may have a hand sanitizer lawsuit. Call the Coronavirus lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

Background on Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer was popularized in the early 1990’s and was first introduced in medical and hospital settings.  It is designed as a form of liquid (gel, foam, etc.) and is supposed to decrease germs present on your hands. Created for convenience, hand sanitizer does not eliminate all germs, thus, it is always recommended to wash your hands with soap and water if you have the option.

Hand sanitizer is typically made up of a combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or n-propanol. There are a variety of alcohol levels within each hand sanitizer brand, but the most effective levels range from 60% to 90%.

In the event you cannot wash your hands, the CDC suggests using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer help to reduce the number of germs present on your hands and help stop the spread of those germs to others. Examples of when to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands are: after using the restroom, prior to eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Using hand sanitizer began as a convenience when washing your hands was not an option. Today, hand sanitizer has become a necessity as we continue to fight COVID-19 across the world.

Why is it Dangerous?

Most hand sanitizers are made with ethyl alcohol, not methanol. The hand sanitizers recalled by the FDA have been tested and contain methanol, with or in place of the regular ingredient, ethyl alcohol. Methanol, found in the recalled hand sanitizers, is a form of wood alcohol typically used to create fuel, solvents, and pesticides, but that is toxic to humans upon absorption. The routes of exposure to methanol, as described by the CDC, are as follows: “absorption into the body by inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, or eye contact.”

The FDA has released multiple warnings to the public regarding numerous hand sanitizer brands being recalled due to dangerous levels of methanol. A recent study completed by the FDA showed that in at least one brand of hand sanitizer, Lavar Gel, it contained 81% methanol and no ethyl alcohol. It is suggested that you only use hand sanitizer with 60%-90% ethyl alcohol and to avoid, and dispose of, any of the hand sanitizers that have been recalled.

On July 2, 2020, the FDA released an updated warning, regarding the hand sanitizer recall, wherein they state they have recently been become aware of children and adults who have suffered adverse reactions such as blindness, hospitalizations, and death after ingesting hand sanitizer that unknowingly contained methanol.

If you are experiencing adverse symptoms from methanol absorption, you should report the adverse event or issue, and the hand sanitizer used, to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The FDA is particularly concerned with the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer, the lack of effective amounts of alcohol present in all hand sanitizer brands, sanitizers sold with false and/or misleading statements regarding its ability to protect consumers from viruses like COVID-19, product fraudulently branded “FDA Approved” (no such approval exists), and product packaging appearing to be a drink or edible product that could lead an adult or child to mistakenly ingest it.

The FDA urges anyone who has been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol, especially those brands on the hand sanitizer recall list, to seek medical treatment immediately as it is critical to a potential reversal of methanol’s toxic effects. If you have used one of the recalled hand sanitizers and have experienced any of the adverse symptoms you may also be eligible for a hand sanitizer lawsuit.

Recall and Penalties for Companies

The FDA warns the public to avoid certain brands of hand sanitizer as they contain methanol. Brands that have been tested by the FDA and found to have methanol, have been recalled and companies have been asked to remove the product from the market. Although the FDA has asked various companies to recall their hand sanitizers, not all have responded or complied. Thus, it is important for consumers to keep an eye on the hand sanitizer recall list and any subsequent hand sanitizer lawsuits.

As of July 14, 2020, the following hand sanitizer brands have been recalled by the FDA:

 

Company Product(s)
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUEMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) KLAR and DANVER INSTANT HAND SANTIZER
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
4E Global, SAPI de CV (Mexico) Assured Aloe
AAA Cosmetica (Mexico) bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer
AAA Cosmetica (Mexico) LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
AAA Cosmetica (Mexico) LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
AAA Cosmetica (Mexico) QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer
DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico) Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico) Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico) Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico) Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV (Mexico) Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico) Andy’s Best
Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico) Andy’s
Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico) Gelclor
Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico) NeoNatural
Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico) Plus Advanced
Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV (Mexico) Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV (Mexico) Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV (Mexico) Selecto Hand Sanitizer
Mystic International SA de CV (Mexico) Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV ANTI-BAC HAND SANITIZER
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV SCENT THEORY – KEEP IT CLEAN – PURE CLEAN ANTI-BACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV CAVALRY
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV KEEP IT CLEAN
Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV HAND SANITIZER
Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico) Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico) Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico) Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.)
Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico) Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto DAESI hand sanitizer

The FDA’s primary purpose is to protect consumers from exposure to dangerous products, but when companies or individuals do not comply with the FDA, they can enforce the rules and issue harsh penalties. Examples of penalties that may be issued are as follows: warning letters, a seizure and removal of violative goods, an injunction ordered by a court of law that requires a company to refrain from specific acts, criminal prosecution, and criminal fines up to $500,000 under some circumstances.

At this stage in the hand sanitizer recall, the FDA has asked those companies whose hand sanitizer tested positive with methanol to voluntarily remove and recall all of their products from the market.

What to do if you have been exposed

According to the FDA, since the pandemic started, “poison control centers have had an increase in calls about accidental ingestion of hand sanitizer.” They attribute this to young children who are attracted to the design of the hand sanitizer bottle, the color of the bottle, and the smell. Adults are also at risk, as the FDA warns, some adults drink hand sanitizer for the alcohol content or by accident when believing the bottle to be an actual drink, opposed to a bottle of hand sanitizer.

The FDA also includes pets as a vulnerable group to the harms of methanol in hand sanitizers if ingested. If you believe your animal has swallowed hand sanitizer, the FDA urges you to “call a veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately.”

If you have been exposed to any of the hand sanitizers recalled above, the FDA urges you to “seek immediate medical treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.” It is also imperative that you do not flush or pour any recalled hand sanitizers down the drain. Rather, the FDA recommends consumers dispose of the hand sanitizer in a hazardous waste container or “as recommended by your local waste management and recycling center.”

Hand Sanitizer Lawsuit

There are multiple hand sanitizer lawsuits, including class actions, currently filed. This includes multiple hand sanitizer lawsuits filed against Purell for its misleading advertising that it can kill “99.9% of illness-causing germs.”

It is anticipated that additional hand sanitizer lawsuits will be filed in the near future against companies who sold hand sanitizer containing methanol and where injuries were sustained as a result. If you have suffered injuries from a hand sanitizer, you may be eligible for a hand sanitizer lawsuit for damages. To find out if you have a hand sanitizer lawsuit you should seek legal advice immediately.

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