Federal Health Officials Issue Recall for Hand Sanitizer Containing Methanol

Federal health officials have issued a recall for several lots of hand sanitizer and aloe gel due to their containing methanol, a substance that poses serious health risks to consumers.

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The recall affects 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel, as announced in a notice posted by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the Federal Health, these products contain “alcohol denatured with methanol,” and exposure to substantial amounts of methanol can lead to various health issues, including nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, permanent blindness, damage to the central nervous system, or even death.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the affected products and dispose of them properly.

Aruba Aloe Balm N.V.’s hand sanitizer gel, Federal Health one of the products being recalled, comes in 12 fl oz dark green plastic bottles with white labels that partially read “ARUBA ALOE Hand Sanitizer GEL 80% Alcohol Made in Aruba World’s Finest Aloe.”

Additionally, the Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel, intended for temporary pain and itching relief from minor burns, sunburn, insect bites, or skin irritations, is available in two sizes: 2.2 fl oz and 8.5 fl oz plastic bottles, both transparent with labels featuring “Alcoholada Gel Pain Relieving Gel 0.5% Lidocaine Hydrochloride.”

This recall comes amidst the FDA’s efforts to address the proliferation of potentially hazardous hand sanitizers during the pandemic. Over 600 hand sanitizers were flagged by the FDA for containing methanol instead of the approved ethyl alcohol, posing risks to users. Methanol is unsuitable for skin application and can be harmful if ingested.

The FDA emphasizes the particular vulnerability of young children who may accidentally ingest these products and adolescents or adults who may consume them as a substitute for ethanol alcohol, urging heightened caution.

In response to the recall, consumers are urged to prioritize safety and discontinue the use of the affected hand sanitizers and aloe gel products.

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