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First, Methanol Plagued OTC Sanitizers, Now It's Valisure: Recommends Recalls Due To Benzene

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FDA should recall dozens of hand sanitizers found to contain benzene, a known human carcinogen, says Valisure, the compounding pharmacy that raised initial alarm about ranitidine in OTC heartburn drugs, leading eventually to withdrawals of the products.

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A day after FDA posted Scentsational’s recall announcement due to presence of benzene and acetaldehyde as well as methanol, American Cleaning Institute and Consumer Healthcare Products Association submit a letter urging FDA to restore order to OTC alcohol-based sanitizer market.

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