FDA updates on hand sanitizers consumers should not use

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Source: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - July 31, 2020

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7/31/2020: UPDATE – FDA continues to find issues with certain hand sanitizer products.

FDA’s urges consumers not use certain hand sanitizer products

The following chart outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product: 

  • That has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.
  • That is labeled to contain methanol.
  • That is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
  • That is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.
  • That is purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol.

FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers from these companies, or products with these names or NDC numbers. List sorted by Product name.

Date added to tableProduct(s)Product statusManufacturerDistributorNDC(s)
*07/02/2020All-Clean Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; product voluntarily recalled by ITECH 361 on 7/6/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)All Clean Natural LTD74589-002-01
07/08/2020Andy’sProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/08/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico)Brand Name Distributors73755-110-01  73755-130-02
07/08/2020Andy’s BestFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/08/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico)Brand Name Distributors73755-120-01  73755-120-02  73755-120-04   
07/08/2020Assured AloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; at this time, FDA cannot comment on Assured brand hand sanitizers made by other manufacturers4E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-999-10
07/28/2020Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and MoisturizersProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-009-23
07/28/2020Assured Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Vitamin E and AloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-010-23
07/08/2020Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/2020; at this time, FDA cannot comment on Assured brand hand sanitizers made by other manufacturers4E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-851-00
07/08/2020Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/2020; at this time, FDA cannot comment on Assured brand hand sanitizers made by other manufacturers4E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-850-00
07/08/2020Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and MoisturizersProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/2020; at this time, FDA cannot comment on Assured brand hand sanitizers made by other manufacturers4E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-853-00
07/08/2020Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and AloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/2020; at this time, FDA cannot comment on Assured brand hand sanitizers made by other manufacturers4E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-852-00
07/02/2020Be Safe Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)BeSafe Industries LLC76676-402-16  76676-402-17  76676-402-18  76676-402-19   
07/02/2020Bersih Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico)Astrum LLC75165-600-01
07/02/2020Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance FreeFDA tested product; contains  methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/14/2020Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico)Private D Capital Group Corp., Human Choice LLC and  RediBag USA  Astrum LLC75165-000-01  75165-001-01  75165-003-02  75165-004-01  75165-005-01  75165-006-01  75165-250-01
07/06/2020bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer FDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/02/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/7/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/14/2020AAA Cosmetica (Mexico)Payless Janitorial Corporation76987-402-01
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-012-04  60599-012-08
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-012-00  60599-012-01  60599-012-02  60599-012-03  60599-012-05  60599-012-06  60599-012-07  60599-012-10
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer AloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-013-00  60599-013-01  60599-014-00
07/08/2020Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-047-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer ClearProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-024-00
07/08/2020Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-046-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer ClearFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-015-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer ClearFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-015-01  60599-015-02
07/08/2020Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%FDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico) Not listed
07/08/2020BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer LavenderProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-016-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-028-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-029-00
07/08/2020Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-501-01
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-018-02  60599-018-04  60599-018-06  60599-018-07
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-017-00  60599-018-00  60599-018-01  60599-018-02  60599-018-04  60599-018-06  60599-018-07   
07/08/2020Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% AlcoholFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico) Not listed
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-025-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer AloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-026-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer LavenderProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-027-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-017-00  60599-018-01
07/08/2020BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/11/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-017-01  60599-018-00  60599-018-03  60599-018-05  60599-018-08  60599-019-00
07/08/2020Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh CitrusProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-502-01
07/08/2020BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe VeraProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-855-00
07/08/2020BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance FreeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-854-00
07/14/2020Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 65% AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Scent Theory Products LLC76891-105-11  76891-105-12  76891-105-13  76891-105-14  76891-105-15  76891-105-16  76891-105-17  76891-105-18  76891-105-19  76891-105-20
07/14/2020Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer 70% alcoholFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/23/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Scent Theory Products LLC76891-104-11  76891-104-12  76891-104-13  76891-104-14  76891-104-15  76891-104-16  76891-104-17  76891-104-18  76891-104-19  73389-104-11
07/02/2020Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%      FDA tested product; contains  methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Soflo Urban Team LLC76676-402-01  76676-402-02  76676-402-14            
07/14/2020CavalryProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Cavalry Sanitizers LLC75460-070-01  75460-070-02  75460-070-05  75460-075-38  75460-080-38
*07/02/2020CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% AlcoholFDA tested product; contains methanol; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)ESPMEX LLC74589-009-01
*07/02/2020CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)ESPMEX LLC74589-005-03
*07/02/2020CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)ESPMEX LLC74589-003-01
07/02/2020Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Rinse Free 70%      Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Liberty International Distributors76676-402-07  76676-402-08      
07/28/2020Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol extra soft with glycerin and aloeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico) Not listed
07/10/2020DAESI Hand Sanitizer   FDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on07/10/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/17/2020Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto (Mexico)   Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto77268-001-01
07/08/2020Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera AdvancedFDA tested product; contains methanol; product retained at the border; FDA recommended a recall on all other potential products on the market on 6/29/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/13/2020DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico)Earths Amenities74949-002-20  74949-002-25  74949-002-49  74949-002-60
07/14/2020ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing GelProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Procurement Services LLC74882-341-01  74882-341-02  74882-341-03
*07/02/2020Esk Biochem Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)EskBiochem74589-007-01
07/31/2020GelBact Hand SanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/30/2020Incredible Products SA de CV (Mexico)Pacific Coast Global Inc. and Tritanium Labs LLC71761-000-00
07/31/2020Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/30/2020Incredible Products SA de CV (Mexico)Pacific Coast Global Inc. and Tritanium Labs LLC71761-000-01 71761-000-05 71761-000-10 71761-000-20 71761-000-22 71761-000-37 71761-000-99
07/08/2020Hand Sanitizer Agavespa SkincareFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on other all potential products on the market on 6/29/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/13/2020DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico)Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals77415-000-00
07/15/2020Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl AlcoholFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/24/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/27/2020MXL Comercial SA de CV (Mexico)Resource Recovery and Trading LLC77106-002-01
07/15/2020Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand RubProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/24/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/27/2020MXL Comercial SA de CV (Mexico)Resource Recovery and Trading LLC77106-001-01  77106-001-02  77106-001-03  77106-001-04  77106-001-05  77106-001-06  77106-001-07  77106-001-08
07/10/2020Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 70%Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico)Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.79095-000-01  79095-001-01  79095-002-01  79095-003-01  79095-004-01  79095-005-01  79095-006-01
07/02/2020Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% AlcoholFDA tested product; contains  methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Grupo Insoma S.A.P.I de CV (Mexico)Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV75744-0200-3  75744-0200-4  75744-0201-5  75744-0202-1  75744-0250-1  75744-0250-2  75744-0500-1  75744-1000-1  75744-1000-3  75744-1001-1   
07/02/2020Handzer Hand Sanitizer Rinse FreeProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Liberty International Distributors76676-402-10  76676-402-11   
07/08/2020Hello Kitty Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-802-00
07/24/2020Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/24/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/27/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/29/2020Broncolin SA de CV (Mexico)INBC Trading LLC62583-020-08
07/24/2020Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/24/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/27/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/29/2020Broncolin SA de CV (Mexico)INBC Trading LLC62583-020-16  62583-020-33  62583-020-42
07/24/2020Herbacil Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer 70% AlcoholProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/24/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/27/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/29/2020Broncolin SA de CV (Mexico)INBC Trading LLC74673-001-08  74673-001-16  74673-001-33  74673-001-42
7/24/2020Jaloma Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 62% with Vitamin EFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/23/2020Laboratorios Jaloma SA de CV (Mexico)Laboratorios Jaloma SA de CV65055-600-00  65055-600-01  65055-600-02
07/08/2020KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.33992-8010-1
07/08/2020KLAR and DANVER Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Greenbrier International Inc.60599-801-00
07/02/2020Kleanz Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer AdvancedProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Up in the Lab76676-402-05  76676-402-06  76676-402-12  76676-402-13   
*07/02/2020Lavar 70 Gel Hand SanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)Blue Ridge Southern Supply LLC74589-006-01
7/24/2020Leiper’s Fork Distillery Bulk Disinfectant per 5 gallon and Leiper’s Fork Distillery 16 oz bottleProduct labeled to contain methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/23/2020Leiper’s Fork Distillery (Tennessee) Not Listed
07/06/2020LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 ozProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/02/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/7/2020AAA Cosmetica (Mexico)Soflo Urban Team LLC76987-402-02
07/06/2020LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 ozProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/02/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/7/2020AAA Cosmetica (Mexico)Soflo Urban Team LLC76987-120-01
07/14/2020Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing GelProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/23/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Procurement Services LLC74882-007-01  74882-007-02  74882-007-03
07/31/2020Medicare Alcohol Antiseptic Topical SolutionFDA tested product; ethanol alcohol level was subpotent; FDA recommended a recall on 07/28/2020Healthy Foods & Nutrition Lab de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Healthy Food and Nutrition Lab77740-000-00 77740-000-01 77740-000-02 77740-001-00 77740-001-01 77740-001-02
07/28/2020Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Aloe VeraProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-011-23
07/28/2020Modesa Instant Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizers and Vitamin EProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-012-23
07/08/2020MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin EProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/24/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)Midwood  Brands LLC60599-007-33
07/02/2020Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizerCompany tested product; contains methanol; product voluntarily recalled by Transliquid Technologies LLC on 7/2/2020Mystic International SA de CV (Mexico)Transliquid Technologies LLC75477-435-02  75477-435-10  75477-435-12  75477-435-25  75477-435-50  75477-534-10
07/08/2020NeoNaturalFDA tested product; ethanol level was subpotent; FDA recommended a recall on 7/08/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico)Brand Name Distributors73755-200-01  73755-200-02
07/28/2020NEXT Hand SanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Genomma Lab USA50066-605-08
07/28/2020NuuxSan Instant Antibacterial Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-001-08  72758-002-08
07/28/2020NuuxSan Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/27/2020Albek de Mexico SA de CV (Mexico)Albek de Mexico SA de CV72758-003-00  72758-003-01  72758-005-01  72758-005-02  72758-005-03
07/21/2020Optimus Instant Hand SanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/07/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/20/2020Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV (Mexico)Liq-E S.A. de CV75416-001-04
7/21/2020Optimus Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/07/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/20/2020Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV (Mexico)Liq-E S.A. de CV75416-002-01  75416-004-01  75416-378-04   
07/08/2020Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/07/2020; company is not registered with FDA; additional products may be on the market; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A. de CV (Mexico)Liq-E S.A. de CV75416-005-01
07/02/2020Parabola Hand Sanitizer   Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Soflo Urban Team LLC76676-402-03  76676-402-09      
07/08/2020Plus AdvancedProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/08/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020Limpo Quimicos SA de CV  (Mexico)Brand Name Distributors73755-300-01
07/02/2020Purity Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV (Mexico)Human Choice LLC75165-008-01
07/06/2020QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer  Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/02/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/7/2020AAA Cosmetica (Mexico)QualitaMed Corp.76987-250-01
*07/02/2020Saniderm Advanced Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; product voluntarily recalled by Saniderm Products on 6/26/2020 and UVT Inc. on 6/29/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)Polarized LLC74589-001-01
07/31/2020Sayab Antisepctic Hand Sanitizer 100FDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA has no evidence this product is in the U.S. marketJG Atlas Comercios SA de CV (Mexico) 75292-001-00
07/14/2020Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/23/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Scent Theory Products LLC76891-102-11
07/14/2020Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/14/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/23/2020Real Clean Distribuciones SA de CV (Mexico)Scent Theory Products Inc.73389-102-11
07/10/2020Selecto Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/09/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020Maquiladora Miniara SA de CV (Mexico)Bodega Latina Corp.76753-002-01
07/10/2020Shine and Clean Hand SanitizerFDA tested product; contains methanol; FDA recommended a recall on 7/09/2020; product voluntarily recalled on 7/9/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/2020Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV (Mexico)Maquiladora Miniara, SA de CV76753-001-01  76753-001-02  76753-001-03
*07/02/2020The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/15/2020; FDA issued a warning letter on 7/23/2020Eskbiochem SA de CV (Mexico)EskBiochem SA de CV74589-010-10
07/08/2020The Honeykeeper Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/06/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/16/20204E Global SAPI de CV (Mexico)4E Brands North America LLC60599-020-00  60599-020-01
07/31/2020TriCleanzProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/30/2020Incredible Products SA de CV (Mexico)Tritanium Labs LLC71761-001-00
07/31/2020TriCleanz Tritanium Labs Hand SanitizerProduct purported to be made at the same facility as Incredible Products SA de CV that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/30/2020Tritanium Labs USA LLC (location?)Tritanium Labs LLC77757-111-01
07/02/2020Urbane Bath and Body Hand Sanitizer      Product purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)Liberty International Distributors76676-402-04                  
07/08/2020Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa SkincareProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on all other potential products on the market on 6/29/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/13/2020DDI Multinacional SA de CV (Mexico)Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals77056-000-01
07/02/2020Wave Hand Sanitizer GelProduct purported to be made at the same facility that produced methanol contaminated product; FDA recommended a recall on 7/01/2020; added to import alert to stop products from entering the U.S. on 7/10/2020Tropicosmeticos SA de CV (Mexico)C&A Marketing Inc.76676-402-20
*public notification first occurred through FDA statement posted on 06/19/2020

7/31/2020: UPDATE – FDA continues to find issues with certain hand sanitizer products.

[7/31/2020] FDA continues to find issues with certain hand sanitizer products. FDA test results show certain hand sanitizers have concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are active ingredients in hand sanitizer products. The agency urges consumers not to use these subpotent products and has expanded its list to include subpotent hand sanitizers, in addition to hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated with methanol

The agency continues to add certain hand sanitizers to import alert to stop these products from legally entering the U.S. market.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).

Additionally, FDA reminds consumers that no drugs, including hand sanitizers, are approved to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information as possible to identify the product):

  • Complete and submit the report online; or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178
7/27/2020 PRESS RELEASE – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Reiterates Warning About Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol, Takes Additional Action to Address Concerning Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to warn consumers and health care professionals not to use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol, or wood alcohol – a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested. The agency has also taken additional action to help prevent certain hand sanitizers from entering the United States by placing them on an import alert. The FDA is proactively working with manufacturers to recall products and is encouraging retailers to remove products from store shelves and online marketplaces. As part of these actions, a warning letter has been issued to Eskbiochem S.A. de C.V. regarding the distribution of products labeled as manufactured at its facilities with undeclared methanol, misleading claims –including incorrectly stating that FDA approved these products—and improper manufacturing practices.

The FDA first warned about some of the methanol-containing hand sanitizers being sold in retail stores and online in June. The agency issued a further warning earlier this month about an increasing number of adverse events, including blindness, cardiac effects, effects on the central nervous system, and hospitalizations and death, primarily reported to poison control centers and state departments of health. The agency continues to see these figures rise.

“Practicing good hand hygiene, which includes using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available, is an important public health tool for all Americans to employ. Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizer products,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “We remain extremely concerned about the potential serious risks of alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol. Producing, importing and distributing toxic hand sanitizers poses a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated. The FDA will take additional action as necessary and will continue to provide the latest information on this issue for the health and safety of consumers.”

The agency has posted a do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products, which is being updated regularly. In most cases, methanol does not appear on the product label. However, methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in any drug, including hand sanitizer, even if methanol is listed as an ingredient on the product label. The FDA’s ongoing testing has found methanol contamination in hand sanitizer products ranging from 1% to 80%.

Importantly, the FDA is urging consumers not to use any hand sanitizer products from the particular manufacturers on the list even if the product or particular lot number are not listed since some manufacturers are recalling only certain – but not all – of their hand sanitizer products. Manufacturers’ failure to immediately recall all potentially affected products is placing consumers in danger of methanol poisoning. One of the reported deaths is associated with Blumen Hand Sanitizer, distributed by 4e North America and manufactured by 4E Global in Mexico, who recently expanded its recall to include additional lots of its hand sanitizer products. Additionally, the FDA is strongly urging distributors and retailers to stop distributing and selling hand sanitizers manufactured by the firms on the list immediately, even if the particular product is not included in a recall, due to the risk of methanol poisoning.

When identifying hand sanitizers from the FDA’s do-not-use list, consumers should look for one or more identifiers from the list that match the product’s labeling, including:

  • Manufacturer name
  • Product name
  • National Drug Code (NDC) number

If any of the identifiers (name, company, or NDC) match a product on the list, the FDA urges consumers to immediately stop using the hand sanitizer. Dispose of the hand sanitizer bottle in a hazardous waste container, if available, or dispose of as recommended by local waste management and recycling centers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain or mix with other liquids.

Methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although people using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical treatment for potential reversal of the toxic effects of methanol poisoning.

The FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information to identify the product as possible):

  • Complete and submit the report online; or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

Consumers, manufacturers or distributors who have questions for the FDA regarding hand sanitizers should email COVID-19-Hand-Sanitizers@fda.hhs.gov.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

7/2/2020: UPDATE – FDA warns consumers of risk of methanol contamination in certain hand sanitizers

[7-2-2020] FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol).

FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. The agency is especially concerned with:

  • The dangers of drinking any hand sanitizer under any conditions. While hand sanitizers with possible methanol contamination are more life-threatening than those that are not contaminated, FDA urges consumers not to drink any of these products. 
  • Certain hand sanitizers that may not contain a sufficient amount of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.
  • Hand sanitizers that are sold or offered for sale with false and misleading, unproven claims that they can prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19, including claims that they can provide prolonged protection (e.g., for up to 24-hours).
  • Products that are fraudulently marketed as “FDA-approved” since there are no hand sanitizers approved by FDA.
  • Products packaged to appear as drinks, candy or liquor bottles, as well as products marketed as drinks or cocktails because their appearance could result in accidental ingestion or encourage ingestion. Children are particularly at risk with these products since ingesting only a small amount of hand sanitizer may be lethal in a young child.
  • Products labeled with harmful or poisonous ingredients, such as methanol.

FDA is aware of reports of adverse events associated with hand sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information as possible to identify the product):

  • Complete and submit the report online; or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. 
7/2/2020 PRESS RELEASE – FDA Takes Action to Warn, Protect Consumers from Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

As part of continued action to protect the American public, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about hand sanitizer products containing methanol, or wood alcohol — a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer products and can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested. The agency has seen an increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. State officials have also reported recent adverse events from adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol, including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

The agency continues to warn the public not to use specific products listed here and is communicating with manufacturers and distributors of these dangerous products about recalling them. The FDA also continues to quality-test hand sanitizers, including testing products entering the country through the U.S. border, and maintains a list of FDA-tested and recalled hand sanitizers on the agency’s website, which will be continually updated as dangerous products are discovered. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol

“All Americans should practice good hand hygiene, which includes using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available. Unfortunately, there are some companies taking advantage of the increased usage of hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk by selling products with dangerous and unacceptable ingredients. Consumers and health care providers should not use methanol-containing hand sanitizers,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “The FDA remains committed to working with manufacturers, compounders, state boards of pharmacy and the public to increase the safe supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. This includes staying vigilant and continuing to take action when quality issues with hand sanitizers arise.”

In June, the FDA warned consumers about products manufactured by Eskbiochem, which contained methanol. Since then, voluntary recalls have been conducted by several of Eskbiochem’s distributors and the agency is recommending additional companies recall their hand sanitizer products.

The agency urges consumers to be cautious since some of these products may still be found at retail outlets or for purchase online.

The FDA recommends consumers immediately stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of the bottle in a hazardous waste container, if available, or dispose of as recommended by your local waste management and recycling center. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain or mix with other liquids.

Methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although people using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.

While methanol-containing hand sanitizers are more life-threatening than others, the FDA urges all consumers not to drink any hand sanitizer product. This is particularly important for young children, especially toddlers, who may be attracted by the pleasant smell or brightly colored bottles. During the pandemic, poison control centers have had an increase in calls about accidental ingestion of hand sanitizer, and it is important that adults keep these products out of reach of children and monitor young children’s use.

Do not use hand sanitizer on pets or allow pets to swallow hand sanitizer. If you believe your pet has eaten something potentially dangerous, call a veterinarian or a pet poison control center immediately.

Consumers are reminded to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

The FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program (please provide the agency with as much information as possible to identify the product):

  • Complete and submit the report online, or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

Consumers, manufacturers or distributors who have questions for the FDA regarding hand sanitizers should email COVID-19-Hand-Sanitizers@fda.hhs.gov.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

6/29/2020 UPDATE – FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

Update [6/29/2020] FDA is alerting consumers of Saniderm Products and UVT Inc.’s voluntary recall of Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer. Following FDA’s recommendation, two distributors – Saniderm Products and UVT – agreed to recall Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer packaged in 1-liter plastic bottles and labeled with “Made in Mexico” and “Produced by: Eskbiochem SA de CV.”

  • 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.”
6/19/2020 ALERT – FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem

[6/19/2020] FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:

  • 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)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

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

On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.

FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims.

To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

  • Complete and submit the report online; or
  • Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.


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