What are the 260 hand sanitizers that can cause cancer according to the FDA?


Consumers should use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent isopropyl or ethyl alcohol.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use some brands of hand sanitizers because they could contain potentially carcinogenic ingredients.

FDA added Artnaturals hand sanitizers to a growing list of 260 products hand sanitizers, because they have been considered potentially unsafe or ineffective.

The agency found that Artnatural products had unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants.

“Benzene can cause certain types of cancer in humans. Animal studies show that acetaldehyde can also cause cancer and serious illness or death. Acetal can irritate the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin, ”the FDA reported.

Last year, the FDA warned about other disinfectant products that contained methanol.

Methanol is used in fuels, solvents and antifreezes, it is poisonous to humans and substantial exposure could “cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. “Warned the FDA.

Some of the other recalled products were found to contain “worryingly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which are active ingredients in hand sanitizer products.”

The list of dangerous disinfectants

FDA updated on its website the list of 260 potentially dangerous products for human health, as well as the reasoning behind its recall.

What type of hand sanitizer should be used?

The Consumers should use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Anyone experiencing adverse effects or quality problems from a hand sanitizer should report the problem to the FDA’s MedWatch program.

FDA officials noted that they are aware of reports of harmful effects associated with the listed hand sanitizer products, including adults and children who ingested products contaminated with methanol leading to blindness, hospitalizations and death.

The body recommends that you wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

The FDA investigation into the use of methanol in hand sanitizers is ongoing.

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