A couple weeks ago, the FDA released a list of nine hand sanitizers they said were potentially toxic for consumers if used. The 9 initial brands released contained a potentially toxic level of methanol (wood alcohol) in them. Methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or if ingested and should not be used in hand sanitizer. Methanol exposure symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • permanent blindness
  • seizures
  • coma

Sever methanol exposure can result in permanent damage to the nervous system or even death. The hand sanitizers are potentially so toxic the FDA recommends people DO NOT pour the liquid down the drain and instead dispose of the product in the trash.

The original nine brands of hand sanitizers were all made by Eskbiochem SA de CV and were:

  • 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)

Now, the FDA has added more hand sanitizer brands to the original list. The hand sanitizers added to the list were made by AAA Cosmeticas, Grupo Insoma, Transliquid Technologies, Tropicosmeticos SA de CV, and Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV. The new brands added are:

  • LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz. (NDC: 76987-402-02)
  • QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 76987-250-01)
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol (NDC: 75744-0200-3, 75744-0200-4, 75744-0202-1, 75744-0250-1, 75744-0250-2, 75744-0500-1, 75744-1000-1, 75744-1000-3, 75744-1001-1)
  • Berish Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free (NDC: 75165-003-02, 75165-004-01, 75165-005-01, 75165-006-01, 75165-008-01, 75165-250-01, 75165-600-01)
  • Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer (NCD: Not Listed)
  • Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer (NDC: 75477-435-02, 75477-435-10, 75477-435-12, 75477-435-25, 75477-435-50, 75477-534-10)
  • Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70% (NDC: 76676-402-01, 77676-402-02, 77676-402-03, 77676-402-04, 77676-402-05, 77676-402-06, 77676-402-07, 77676-402-08, 77676-402-09, 77676-402-10, 77676-402-11, 77676-402-12, 77676-402-13, 77676-402-14, 77676-402-16, 77676-402-17, 77676-402-18, 77676-402-19, 77676-402-20)

Find out more details about the FDA advisement on the Food and Drug Administration's website.