FDA Puts Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers from Mexico on Import Alert

FDA Puts Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers from Mexico on Import Alert

In September, 2020, we published an article warning against the dangers of using hand sanitizers imported from Mexico, in particular Blumen Hand Sanitizer which is distributed by 4e North America and manufactured by 4E Global in Mexico. In January, 2021, the FDA further reported that it had put all alcohol-based hand sanitizers imported from Mexico on import alert until the products can be safely evaluated. The products in question have been labeled to contain ethanol (also referred...

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Mom spraying her childs hands with SanitiSpray hand sanitizer

How Much Alcohol is Required in Hand Sanitizers to Prevent COVID Infection and Spread?

Since the COVID (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic began in earnest back in March, 2020, there has been one consistent message. To prevent the spread of COVID, it’s essential to wear a mask, social distance at 6 feet (2 meters), and wash your hands thoroughly in a lather for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. I remember visiting Target around that time and witnessing the frenzy of shoppers attacking the hand sanitizer shelves (just as they had the...

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Blumen Hand Sanitizer gets recalled due to methanol poisoning and death

Be Careful of Imported Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

Earlier in the summer, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) issued a repeated warning to all US citizens about hand sanitizers entering the United States that contained methanol, otherwise known as wood alcohol. Methanol is used to create fuel and antifreeze and, as you can imagine, is quite toxic if absorbed through the skin and life-threatening if ingested.   Methanol is not always listed as an ingredient in hand sanitizers The disturbing piece to the story is...

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