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Recalled Hand Sanitizer

by hromero ⌂ @, Monday, August 10, 2020, 16:57 (79 days ago)

I was at the Sam's today and happened to notice large bottles of hand sanitizer for sale and recognized it as a brand that had recently been recalled by the FDA for containing Methanol. I brought this to the attention of one of the managers there but he seemed unimpressed with my information and it seems unlikely that anything will come of it. I am posting this for those who are living here and may be tempted to purchase this product at Sam's.

Here is the FDA website showing the recall.

Here is a website that explains why this is not a good thing.

Yo recomiendo de no comprar esta producto. Es peligroso y puede causar problemas de salud.

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Monday, August 10, 2020, 20:06 (79 days ago) @ hromero

Humberto - Thanks so much for the heads up!

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by Charlybby, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 00:18 (79 days ago) @ Susan G

Sorry, don't believe it for a minute! The US is trying to discredit everything & everyone! Or should I say the idiot in chief?!:-( :grrr:

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 00:43 (79 days ago) @ Charlybby

This is actually from the CDC. Some hand sanitizers, most of which are from China contain methanol, rather than ethanol. Methanol is poisonous. It is also found in Sterno. Sometimes alcoholics when all else fails, will drink methanol. This is where the phrase “blind drunk” comes from. While it is unlikely you could absorb enough methanol through your skin to cause problems, methanol is toxic.

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by Charlybby, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 00:50 (79 days ago) @ Timmac

But who did the testing?

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by hromero ⌂ @, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 06:34 (79 days ago) @ Timmac

According to the news article I linked 8 people have died in the u.s. from using hand sanitizer with methanol.

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by Craig AKA the cruise ship guy @, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 07:25 (79 days ago) @ hromero

This is what the website says “ Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested“. So don’t drink the stuff and keep it away from kids. Always had a can of gasoline at home for the lawnmower and used it once every now and then to wash stuff off my hands when all else failed. Yes it’s toxic but somehow I managed to live through it since I didn’t drink it. Use your heads, there’s so much bs out there.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:42 (79 days ago) @ hromero

According to the news article I linked 8 people have died in the u.s. from using hand sanitizer with methanol.

I may have missed that part of the article, but I'm pretty sure that the only real danger comes from DRINKING this stuff, and well, if someone is stupid enough to drink it all bets are off and they become Darwin Award candidates.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 11:10 (79 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

While rare, there are reports of toxicity from inhalation and exposure through broken skin. These usually require prolonged exposure.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 12:40 (78 days ago) @ Timmac

Warning: DO NOT pick blackberries, then go to the store. I did, and when I used the hand sanitizer provided, every little nick and scratch was on fire! (blackberries have the most vicious thorns that can tear you to shreds).

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 16:17 (78 days ago) @ hromero

I was in Sam's today and the display was still there filled with the evil product

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by mexicoman @, Zihuatanejo, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 16:57 (78 days ago) @ Susan G

I was in Sam's today and the display was still there filled with the evil product

They are offering it to people at the entrance. Mask, temp check, toxic sanitizer.

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by nicatnit, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 21:05 (78 days ago) @ Timmac

Thanks for your post. Methanol can indeed be dangerous and even deadly. There are plenty of Ethanol based alternatives why take a chance with this crappy substitute?

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by Ottawa Joe, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 22:26 (78 days ago) @ nicatnit

It can be absorbed through the skin so for a hand sanitizer methanol is not a good idea as we tend to be using the stuff many times a day. With gloves on to use as a wipe down for large surfaces maybe not so bad and cheap and it evaporates quickly leaving no residue. Not an expert however I have kept a 4 litre jug around for years with no effect... Nick Nick. ;-)

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by victorio, Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 00:12 (78 days ago) @ Ottawa Joe

It can be absorbed through the skin so for a hand sanitizer methanol is not a good idea as we tend to be using the stuff many times a day. With gloves on to use as a wipe down for large surfaces maybe not so bad and cheap and it evaporates quickly leaving no residue. Not an expert however I have kept a 4 litre jug around for years with no effect... Nick Nick. ;-)

Hola
Methanol should not be used to sanitize surfaces indoors. The fact that it "evaporates quick" means that it is in the air. It is probably more deadly inhaled than it is through topical absorption. In my opinion, the small amount present as an impurity in hand sanitizers should not pose a great hazard. Sure, stay away from it if you can.
I use methanol at home as fuel for my fondue pots, works great.

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 03:21 (79 days ago) @ hromero

:megusta:

Similar issue in Canada

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 17:24 (78 days ago) @ hromero

The Manitoba Liberals want answers from the provincial government after a Health Canada recall has left the government on the hook for $1.2 million worth of hand sanitizer.

The province signed a contract for $1,206,000 worth of hand sanitizer from a Manitoba vodka distiller based in Springfield, Man. – 204 Spirits Inc. – in April, according to a press release from the Manitoba Liberal Caucus. The company had converted from distilling alcohol to producing hand sanitizer at the beginning of the pandemic when demand was high and supply from the usual producers couldn’t keep up.

In April, Health Canada had acknowledged that there was a shortage of pharmaceutical- and food-grade ethanol and they were temporarily allowing companies to use technical-grade ethanol in alcohol-based hand sanitizers. But the technical-grade ethanol had to be purchased from a Health Canada approved manufacturer, and the producers needed to receive a "no objection" letter from Health Canada before proceeding.

However, on Aug. 4, Health Canada issued a recall advisory stating that 204 Hand Sanitizer was being recalled because the product was sold "without market authorization." The product also failed to meet Health Canada’s packaging requirements that list risk statements associated with medical products.

On Health Canada’s website they’ve advised that this is a more widespread concern as a number of similar products across the country failed to meet requirements. "Certain hand sanitizers containing technical-grade ethanol are being recalled from the market because they are not compliant with federal regulations and may pose a risk to health," the website says.

Health Canada is advising the public that if they’ve purchased 204 Hand Sanitizer or a similar product on their list (found at healthycanadians.gc.ca), they stop using the product and speak with a healthcare professional if they’ve experienced health concerns since using the product.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen said Monday he was aware of the recall and any product that needs to be taken out of circulation will be.

"We really marshaled resources to get the materials that we would need for COVID-19. And certainly there was no one criticizing the effort to bring into jurisdiction masks and gowns and sanitizing sprays that we would need in our system. We have a better stockpile now in our system than we did three months ago and that is thanks to the efforts of a bunch of heroes who went to work to get that here," Friesen said.

The government is facing criticism for the move from the Liberal caucus, as Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont says this botched purchase is emblematic of the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The PCs approach to this pandemic has been incredibly reactive and this shows that cutting corners costs more in the long run," said Lamont.

A request for comment from 204 Spirits Inc. was not answered before deadline.