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FDA 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, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal.
- Is labeled to contain methanol.
- Has been tested and is found to have microbial contamination.
- Is being recalled by the manufacturer or distributor.
- Is subpotent, meaning it has less than the required amount of ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or benzalkonium chloride.
- Is purportedly made at the same facility as products that have been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal.
- Is packaged in a container that resembles a food/beverage container that presents increased risk of accidental ingestion.
- Is made at a facility that did not respond to multiple FDA requests for information about the quality of their products and manufacturing process.
FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers produced by the manufacturers identified in the table below. Consumers can easily identify which hand sanitizer products to avoid by using the following information:
- The names of the specific manufacturers.
- NDC number, which may also be located on the product label.
- The name of the distributors that sell, or sold, or had planned to sell specific hand sanitizers products produced by these manufacturers.
Distributors may use more than one manufacturer to produce their hand sanitizer products, which are then marketed under the exact same brand or product name. Distributors often do not identify the manufacturer on the product label and are not required to do so under federal law. Consumers should be aware that FDA’s recommendation against using a distributor’s specific hand sanitizer product(s) manufactured by a particular manufacturer, as listed below, does not extend to:
- A distributor’s products bearing the same brand name as listed below, but made by a different manufacturer
- Other products distributed by the same distributor
If a product on the list below does not identify the manufacturer on the label, consumers can contact the distributor whose name appears on the label to find out who manufactured the product. If the distributor refuses to clarify this information when contacted by a consumer, FDA advises consumers not to use that product.