US Import Alert Stops Some, Not All Contaminated Sanitizers; Recalls Mount Due To Methanol
FDA asks two Mexican manufacturers for batch and supplier data on the products found to contain mostly methanol instead of ethanol. Its The FDA’s recall records still are frequently updated with announcements of additional recalls of OTC sanitizers due to the presence of methanol.
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FDA makes withdrawal effective on 31 December, also the deadline for firms manufacturing or compounding alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, and making alcohol for those products under temporary guidances, to cease production.
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.
Action responds to methanol contamination in hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico and marketed in the US under numerous brands that followed a loosening standards for the products to drive a swift increase in production and meet surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic.