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Hand Sanitizers Packed Like Food And Beverage Pouches Recalled Over Safety Concerns

KEY POINTS

  • A company voluntarily recalled hand sanitizers that resembled food and beverage pouches
  • The pouches also had children’s characters on them
  • Ingesting hand sanitizer is not safe, especially for children
  • The confusing packaging could lead to accidental hand sanitizer ingestion

A company has voluntarily recalled several of its hand sanitizer products with packages that look rather like food or drink pouches. Such products may lead to accidental ingestion, which is potentially harmful to health.

On Oct. 2, the FDA released a company announcement from Ashtel Studios voluntarily recalling several 25-milliliter containers of hand sanitizers that are packaged in what looks like food or beverage pouches and, even have children’s characters displayed on them.

The recall affects the following products, all of which are packaged in 25 ml pouches:

  • PAW Patrol Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-042-01 )
  • JoJo Siwa Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-044-01 )
  • Hot Wheels Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-045-01 )
  • Barbie Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-046-01 )
  • Trolls Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-047-01 )
  • Minions Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-043-01 )

Photos of the affected products, which were distributed in various retailers in the U.S. and Canada, are available at the FDA website. The company has since notified the retailers about the recall and is advising anyone who may have purchased the said products to immediately destroy them.

The danger in these products lies in the possibility that people may accidentally ingest the hand sanitizers since they are packed like food or beverages. This is particularly problematic in children, who may easily mistake the packaging for food and experience adverse effects even after ingesting just a small amount of hand sanitizer.

“Symptoms of alcohol toxicity may range from lack of coordination, slowed or slurred speech, drowsiness to coma, which can be fatal,” the FDA recall notes.

Back in August, the FDA warned the public against buying such products, including those that have food flavors, because they may lead to serious injury if accidentally ingested. At the time, there were already reports of a hand sanitizer being mistaken for a drinking water bottle and others that were packed rather like children’s snacks.

“These products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. said in the August news release. “It’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning.”

The company has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the products but anyone who experiences any problems with them may report to the FDA online or via mail or fax. Those with questions about the recall may contact Ashtel Studios at 866-Ashtel-1 or 909-434-0911 (international).

hand sanitizer packaging Representational photo of hand sanitizer. Photo: Harvey Boyd – Pixabay

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Recalls, additions to FDA’s Do Not Use hand sanitizer list

Weakness, ‘toxic’ methanol and packaging that includes Barbie, Hot Wheels and Minions put 14 hand sanitizers on FDA’s Do Not Use list over the last two and a half weeks.

Two hand sanitizers on the list have been recalled over the last week.

The FDA’s list started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with hand sanitizers from Mexico that tested positive for methanol, which the FDA terms as “toxic” if either ingested or rubbed into the skin, or were believed to be made in the same facility as those with methanol.

Now, it includes hand sanitizers from numerous countries that test as being “subpotent” (too weak) and having 1-propanol or being believed to be made in the same place as those hand sanitizers.

Or having Paw Patrol packaging.

Updates to the Do Not Use list

The FDA said C&G Laboratorios’ Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel tested positive for methanol, but has neither a National Drug Codes (NDC) list number nor any evidence it’s reached the U.S. market.

Corporativo Bureli made SOHO Fresh Hand Sanitizer Gel Antibacterial. The SOHO Fresh with NDC No. 79081-000-03 tested positive for methanol. The rest were made at the same facility.

Guangshou Youxing Cosmetics’ V&W Advance Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel came up as subpotent for ethanol alcohol in FDA tests.

V&W Moisturizing Refreshing Spray Sanitizer, V&W Advance Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel and V&W Premium Disinfecting Wipes all made the list by association (believed to be made at the same facility).

Inovaker Lab’s Hand+ Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution also tested as subpotent for ethyl alcohol.

Two of the Inovaker Lab products on the list as made in the same place are EMHS1 Alcohol Hand Sanitizer and EMHS1 Advanced Isopropyl Alcohol Hand Sanitizer. They’re distributed by the Sayida Group, a company not registered with the state of Florida and with a Miami Beach virtual office address.

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EMHS1 Hand+ Hand Sanitizer, distributed by Miami Beach’s Sayida Group. National Drug Codes List

Inovaker’s other contributions to the list are El Bueno Hand Sanitizer; Hand Sanitizer Isopropyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75; Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol Antiseptic 75; and Inovaker Hand Sanitizer.

Rodriguez Fierro, Marco Antonio made Natural Gold Gel Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution, which tested as subpotent for ethanol alcohol. FDA says this hasn’t hit the U.S. market yet, and put an import alert on Natural Gold to prevent it from getting to the market.

The child magnet packaging of Soleo Cosmetic’s Smart Care hand sanitizers makes the pouches look a little too much like kid-marketed snack food or drinks. Either by curiosity or carelessness, it’s too easy to imagine kids consuming the hand sanitizer instead of rubbing them into the skin.

So, as stated in this Miami Herald article, the FDA put the Barbie, Hot Wheels, Paw Patrol, Minions, Trolls World Tour and JoJo Siwa Dreamer hand sanitizers on the list on Sept. 24.

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Smart Care’s Hot Wheels hand sanitizer,