FDA ALERT: Updated List of 'Do Not Use' Hand Sanitizers

FDA ALERT: Updated List of 'Do Not Use' Hand Sanitizers

The pressures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 have created an increased use of hand sanitizers - though sadly, not all hand sanitizers available are effective or safe for use!

According to the FDA, Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one's nose. If soap and water aren't available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based containing at least 60% ethanol.

In a recent update (7/31/2020), the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that they have continued to find issues with certain hand sanitizers that have tested with concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol, or isopropyl alcohol, and also may be contaminated with methanol. For additional information, and to search for the safety and effectiveness of different brands of hand sanitizers, please visit the FDA Update with search tool.

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