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Toxic Ethanol in Hand Sanitizer Update


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified over 75 brands (see below) of hand sanitizer it deems as potentially unsafe for human contact. The chemicals that cause these hand sanitizer products to be unsafe are higher levels of methanol and acetaldehyde. Traces of methanol and acetaldehyde are safe but hand sanitizer manufacturers are using ethanol with unacceptable levels. 

According to the FDA: 

“Methanol is not an acceptable active 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.”

The important takeaway is that methanol is not an active ingredient. Methanol has safe limits.  

On June 4th, the FDA issued updates to its guidance document “Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID19),” (“Temporary Policy”) and related guidance document, that primarily provide more detailed information about potential ethanol sources for companies seeking to prepare hand sanitizer or produce ethanol used in the production of hand sanitizer under the agency’s COVID-19 specific enforcement discretion policies.

Methanol: 630 PPM
Benzene: 2 PPM
Acetaldehyde: 50 PPM

Source: FDA Updates Hand Sanitizer Enforcement Discretion Guidance to Provide More Information Regarding Ethanol Sourcing

Most Hand Sanitizer manufacturers exceed the FDA minimum recommendations and follow USP Monograph or USP Spec to produce their hand sanitizer. 

Methanol: 200 PPM
Benzene: 2 PPM
Acetaldehyde: 10 PPM

USP Hand Sanitizer Ingredients

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The following is the latest available list of all the potentially toxic sanitizers, according to the FDA:

  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer with 70% Alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • 4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer (labeled with Greenbrier International Inc.)
  • 4E Global's Modesa Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisturizers and Vitamin E
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Lear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's The Honeykeeper Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Clear
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe
  • 4E Global's Blumen Clear Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Lavender
  • 4E Global's Blumen Aloe Advanced Hand Sanitizer, with 70% Alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Lavender, with 70% alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Advanced Hand Sanitizer Aloe, with 70% alcohol
  • 4E Global's Blumen Antibacterial Fresh Citrus Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Blumen Hand Sanitizer Fresh Citrus
  • 4E Global's Klar and Danver Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Hello Kitty by Sanrio Hand Sanitizer
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Vitamin E and Aloe)
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer (Aloe and Moisturizers)
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Vitamin E and Aloe
  • 4E Global's Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe and Moisturizers
  • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Fragrance Free
  • 4E Global's Blumen Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera
  • 4E Global's Assured Aloe
  • AAA Cosmetica's bio aaa Advance Hand Sanitizer 
  • AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 4 oz
  • AAA Cosmetica's LumiSkin Advance Hand Sanitizer 16 oz
  • AAA Cosmetica's QualitaMed Hand Sanitizer 
  • DDI Multinacional's Earths Amenities Instant Unscented Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Advanced
  • DDI Multinacional's Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • DDI Multinacional's Vidanos Easy Cleaning Rentals Hand Sanitizer Agavespa Skincare
  • Eskbiochem's All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
  • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol
  • Eskbiochem's CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol
  • Eskbiochem's  Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
  • Grupo Insoma's Hand sanitizer Gel Unscented 70% Alcohol
  • Limpo Quimicos' Andy's Best
  • Limpo Quimicos' Andy's
  • Limpo Quimicos' Gelclor
  • Limpo Quimicos' NeoNatural
  • Limpo Quimicos' Plus Advanced
  • Liqesa Exportacion or Liq-E-S.A.'s Optimus Lubricants Instant Hand Sanitizer
  • Maquiladora Miniara's Shine and Clean Hand Sanitizer
  • Maquiladora Miniara's Selecto Hand Sanitizer
  • Mystic International's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Bersih Hand Sanitizer Gel Fragrance Free
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Antiseptic Alcohol 70% Topical Solution hand sanitizer
  • Soluciones Cosmeticas' Hand sanitizer (labeled with Wet Look Janitorial and Gardening Corp.)
  • Tropicosmeticos' Britz Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 70%
  • Yara Elena De La Garza Perez Nieto's Daesi hand sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Born Basic Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Cavalry
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Keep It Clean
  • Real Clean Distribuciones's Hand Sanitizer
  • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
  • MXL Comercial's Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70% Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub (labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)
  • ITECH 361's All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant
  • Transliquid Technologies's Mystic Shield Protection hand sanitizer
  • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

The FDA urged consumers to stop using the above products, which should be immediately discarded in hazardous waste containers. "Do not flush or pour these products down the drain," the agency counseled in June. 

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