Scrutinizing Your Hand Sanitizer

(Disclaimer: I am not an expert in public health or any other field of science.  This blog post is intended to share two links to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, warning consumers of toxic, ineffective or contaminated hand sanitizer.) 

Many of us felt hopeful when the hand sanitizer shortage eased awhile back.  Although the Purell brand was still difficult to find, there were obscure brands that we were eager to buy and use, regardless of how unattractive some of them seemed.  The availability of these products lessened some people’s COVID-19 anxiety, but we were warned that our routines still had to be handled carefully to prevent the spread of the virus.

Please read the information in the two links below.  Both go to the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s alerts on hand sanitizers that pose a hazard because they weren’t formulated properly or they have some sort of contamination.  More than one hundred products are on the list, many of which contain toxic ingredients.

Some of these products are packaged/bottled to appeal to children, and they may be mistaken for candy.

Others resemble liquor.

Although these products should have been removed from store shelves, some might still be available.  If you’ve bought hand sanitizer recently (or maybe not so recently), check it against the FDA’s list.  The list has been expanded repeatedly, to include ineffective or poisonous sanitizer that stayed under the radar at first.

I won’t ask that this blog post be shared among your friends (unless you want to share it), but if you can at least share the FDA links you may be able to help someone troubleshoot.

Please note that the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t have an equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal.  If hand sanitizer has a label suggesting it’s endorsed by the FDA, be warned that the label was not the FDA’s idea.

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/covid-19-update-fda-warns-consumers-about-hand-sanitizer-packaged-food-and-drink-containers

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