The FDA warned this hand sanitizer might be toxic. Now, the manufacturer is recalling it

David J. Neal
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One of the hand sanitizers that the FDA warned could contain toxic amounts of methanol has been the subject of two recalls, one national and one regional.

Both concern Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer, made in Mexico by Eskbiochem SA de CV. After testing two of Eskbiochem made hand sanitizers and finding high percentages of methanol, aka wood alcohol, the FDA asked Eskbiochem to recall the seven brand names of hand sanitizers.

Eskbiochem didn’t, so the FDA issued a warning about Eskbiochem-made sanitizers. That made a fair amount of noise in a world concerned with all levels of COVID-19 prevention.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” the FDA said. “Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.”

The national recall, by UVT, Inc., recalls 38,830 1-liter bottles of Saniderm, lot No. 0530, with expiration date 04/2022. Return the hand sanitizer to the vendor for a full refund.

Those with questions can email or call UVT 951-427-3108, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Eastern time.

Saniderm Products made the regional recall, of 1-liter bottles distributed in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey on April 15, 2020. These bottles are from lot No. 53131626, made April 1. Return the hand sanitizers to the store where they were bought for a full refund.

Those with questions can email info@sanidermproducts.ccom or call 415-562-5502, Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Eastern time.

Recalled Saniderm hand sanitizer label
Recalled Saniderm hand sanitizer label

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