FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizer distributed by a Southern California company


Last month, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had tested a fragrance-free hand sanitizer and found unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde, and acetal contaminants. The agency urges consumers not to use this contaminated product distributed by a Southern California company and has added the brand’s hand sanitizer products to the FDA’s long list of hand sanitizers that consumers do not should not use.

The FDA statement cautions:

Benzene can cause certain types of cancer in humans. Animal studies show that acetaldehyde can cause cancer in humans and can cause serious illness or death. Acetal can irritate the upper respiratory tract, eyes and skin. Although the exact risk associated with using a hand sanitizer containing benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal is unknown, the FDA advises consumers not to use products contaminated with unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde or acetal.

Consumers who have products on the FDA’s hand sanitizer list should immediately stop using the product and dispose of it, ideally in a hazardous waste container. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethanol (also called ethyl alcohol).

Hand sanitizers should not be made with methanol, 1-propanol, benzene, acetaldehyde or acetal because of the potential harm they could cause to consumers. said Michael Chapman, lab director at the LA Testing facility in Huntington Beach. ?? The number of hand sanitizers that the FDA has found with these chemicals and other issues is substantial, many of which were imported products. At LA Testing, our consumer product scientists help manufacturers, importers, retailers, public health professionals and the public identify chemical hazards and potential microbial contaminants. With several labs in California, LA Testing services can help avoid expensive product recalls.

To learn more about this or other consumer product testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com, or call (800) 755-1794.

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