Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects,
(CMR) Kirk Office has issued a voluntary recall of Blumen Hand Sanitizers by 4e Brands due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol) after the manufacturer made a worldwide recall announcement.
This comes after the Food and Drug Administration expanded to 87 the number of store-bought hand sanitizers that consumers should avoid using because of a potentially toxic chemical.
The regulatory agency on Tuesday said it has seen a “sharp increase” in sanitizers that claim to contain ethanol but that have tested positive for methanol. Also known as wood alcohol, methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and deadly if swallowed. Some of the sanitizers identified by the FDA is potentially dangerous are sold nationwide at retailers including Walmart and Target.
In this case, San Antonio, Texas, 4e Brands North America made the announcement a week ago and the FDA published it on Monday. It shared that the hand sanitizers contain undeclared methanol (wood alcohol) which has a variety of potential side effects including permanent damage to the nervous system or death.
Consumers who have purchased these products recently should immediately cease use of them regardless of product type, size or lot number. The products originating out of Mexico are packaged in clear plastic bottles with a variety of tops, including blue, white, or clear pumps or caps. The product labels are displayed in the chart above and also included in this press release under images.
4e Brands North America products are widely distributed through U.S. retailers and distributors – they are arranging for the return and refund of all recalled products.
Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These products are used as hand sanitizers and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available. This recall now includes all product manufactured by 4e within expiration, regardless of the size, UPC, or lot number