FDA 'Toxic' Hand Sanitizers to Avoid List Hits Nearly 80, with Dozen Added

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended a recall of a dozen more hand sanitizers in recent days.

Hand sanitizers have been selling rapidly among consumers who are keen to keep their hands clean amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.

The latest 12 products in question join the FDA's list of "toxic" hand sanitizers to avoid. The new additions bring the total number of products on the warning list to over 75.

Last month, the administration issued a warning against the use of a selection of hand sanitizers potentially containing methanol, which can "be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested."

Ten of the 12 products recently added to the FDA warning list have also been added to an "import alert" to stop products from entering the U.S., the FDA noted on its website.

Several Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer products with different National Drug Code (NDC) numbers were voluntarily recalled, following an FDA recommendation.

"Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning," the FDA warned.

"Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

"FDA's investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available," the FDA stated.

Earlier this month, 19,000 bottles of All Clean Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizer and Disinfectant sold in one-liter bottles were recalled for the potential presence of methanol.

Below are the hand sanitizers added from July 14 to 21 to the FDA listing. See the FDA website for the current full list and more information about each product, including those recommended for recall.

Hand sanitizers recently added to FDA warning list

Added July 21

Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer

NDC 75416-004-01

Optimus Instant Hand Sanitizer

  • NDC 75416-002-01
  • NDC 75416-001-04
  • NDC 75416-378-04

Added July 15

Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70 Percent Ethyl Alcohol
(labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)

  • NDC 77106-002-01

Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel 70 Percent Ethyl Alcohol Rinse Free Hand Rub
(labeled with Resource Recovery & Trading LLC)

  • NDC 77106-001-01
  • NDC 77106-001-02
  • NDC 77106-001-03
  • NDC 77106-001-04
  • NDC 77106-001-05
  • NDC 77106-001-06
  • NDC 77106-001-07
  • NDC 77106-001-08

Added July 14

Born Basic. Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer

  • NDC 76891-105-11
  • NDC 76891-105-12
  • NDC 76891-105-13
  • NDC 76891-105-14
  • NDC 76891-105-15
  • NDC 76891-105-16
  • NDC 76891-105-17
  • NDC 76891-105-18
  • NDC 76891-105-19
  • NDC 76891-105-20

Anti-Bac Hand Sanitizer

  • NDC 76891-104-11
  • NDC 76891-104-12
  • NDC 76891-104-13
  • NDC 76891-104-14
  • NDC 76891-104-15
  • NDC 76891-104-16
  • NDC 76891-104-17
  • NDC 76891-104-18
  • NDC 76891-104-19
  • NDC 73389-104-11

Scent Theory – Keep It Clean – Pure Clean Anti-bacterial Hand Sanitizer

  • NDC 76891-102-11


  • NDC 75460-070-01
  • NDC 75460-070-02
  • NDC 75460-070-05
  • NDC 75460-075-38
  • NDC 75460-080-38

ENLIVEN Hand Sanitizing Gel

  • NDC 74882-341-01
  • NDC 74882-341-02
  • NDC 74882-341-03

Lux Eoi Hand Sanitizing Gel

  • NDC 74882-007-01
  • NDC 74882-007-02
  • NDC 74882-007-03

Keep It Clean

  • NDC 73389-102-11

Hand Sanitizer

  • NDC 73710-102-11
hand sanitizers in Washington D.C. March 2020
A basket of small bottles of hand sanitizers seen at the Suites DC, a co-working and event space near Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. pictured on March 6, 2020. Getty Images

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