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July 25, 2020, 7:38 a.m. EDT

The FDA’s list of toxic sanitizers is surging—now at 75. Here’s why

The initial list back in June was for nine hand sanitizers but has surged in recent weeks amid an ongoing investigation of products by the FDA amid the coronavirus pandemic

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By Mark DeCambre, MarketWatch

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The FDA says it will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers.

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of toxic hand sanitizers to 75 products that it says contain methanol, a toxic substance that could ultimately result in death if absorbed through the skin or ingested and is therefore are unsafe for human use.

The warning includes some products that claim to have ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, which is safe to use, but which test positive for methanol.

The agency’s initial list of harmful hand sanitizers started with a batch of nine alcohol-based cleaning products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico that it said contained wood methanol.

However, since then the list has ballooned amid a continuing search for sanitizers that contain toxic substances.

The FDA says it has been worried about “false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers,” including those suggesting that products can provide prolonged protection, “such as 24-hours” against COVID-19, since there is no basis for such claims.

Here’s a link to the list of the 75 products that the FDA says it has so far identified in its investigation into hand-sanitizer products that are “contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death:”

Following are some of the brands that have been deemed harmful by the FDA.

  • Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol

  • Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%

  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear

  • KLAR AND DANVER Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)

  • MODESA Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E

  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer

  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe

  • BLUMEN Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender

  • BLUMEN Clear LEAR Advanced Hand Sanitizer

  • BLUEMEN Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer

  • The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer

  • BLUMEN Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear

  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer

  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe

  • BLUMEN Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender

  • BLUMEN Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70 Alcohol

  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol

  • Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol

  • Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer

  • Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus


  • Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer

  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)

  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)

  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe

  • Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers

  • BLUMEN Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free

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