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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,

Trump joins list of world leaders who have tested positive for coronavirus

President Trump has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and in doing so, he joins a growing list of world leaders who have previously contracted the disease.

Since the start of the pandemic, at least seven major world leaders have tested positive for the virus, the most notable ones being Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Trump’s age, 74, places him within a category of people deemed to be at the highest risk of severe complications from the virus.


“People in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness,” the CDC says on its website. “Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die.”


Johnson, 55, was the first major world leader confirmed to have COVID-19 after he tested positive in March. He was subsequently moved to the intensive-care unit of St. Thomas’ Hospital in London after his symptoms got worse.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital,” a spokesman said at the time. “The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all [National Health Service] staff for their hard work and dedication.”

Johnson claimed it was “50-50” as to whether he’d have to be intubated, which is typically a last resort option for doctors. He credited the “wonderful, wonderful nursing” that he received while at the hospital. He also recorded a thank-you message to the staff that cared for him during his visit, which was released shortly after he was discharged from the hospital.

Bolsonaro, 65, was another notable leader who was previously infected. He reportedly tested positive for the virus three times between July 7 and July 21. While in quarantine at his presidential palace, he posted pictures of himself feeding birds and eating alone.

Bolsonaro has also said that he was taking the anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, which he has supported since the outbreak began, despite little evidence of its effectiveness. Before his diagnosis, he disregarded social distancing at lively demonstrations and encouraged crowds during outings from the presidential residence, often without a mask.

Juan Orlando Hernandez, the Honduras president was another leader to contract the virus. Hernandez, 51, announced in June that he and his wife had tested positive, along with two other people who worked closely with them. He was briefly hospitalized before being released in July.

Last month, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, 64 announced he had tested positive for the virus and would be working from home.


“My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” the president said during

Trump tests positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of world leaders

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Like Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially downplayed the virus’ severity. But his tone changed after the then 55-year-old spent several days in intensive care in April following his diagnosis with the virus. His infection could have “gone either way,” Johnson said.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been a high-profile detractor of the virus, which he called just like “a little flu.” He tested positive for the virus in July, and reportedly recovered well after several weeks of a mild infection. Bolsonaro repeatedly flouted health recommendations before contracting the coronavirus — and even afterward, an analysis by The Washington Post found.

Brazil currently ranks third in the world for the highest number of coronavirus infections and second for covid-19 fatalities, trailing on the United States.

Canadian first lady Sophie Trudeau

In mid-March, Sophie Trudeau returned from a trip to London with flu-like symptoms. She soon tested positive for the virus. Her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then entered into a 14-day self-quarantine, during which he continued to work from his residence. Two weeks later, Canada’s first lady announced she had recovered.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko

In April, Belarus’ embattled President Alexander Lukashenko said he had covid-19 and “had lived through this virus.” Lukashenko, currently battling protests against his decades of authoritarian rule, has dismissed the virus as a “psychosis” and downplayed the extent of its spread in Belarus.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández battled the coronavirus in June and was briefly hospitalized. At the time, Hernandez voiced support for an unproven and experimental treatment. He has since joined global calls for a covid-19 vaccine to be equitably distributed, the Associated Press reported.

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei

Sixty-four-year-old Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has multiple sclerosis and walks with a cane. As of mid-September, he has also had covid-19.

“My symptoms are very mild,” he said during a national address on Sept. 18, the AP reported. “Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” he continued. “I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.”

Dominican President Luis Abinader

Three weeks before a presidential vote in the Dominican Republic in July, the leading candidate Luis Abinader and his wife announced they had tested positive for the virus. Abinader went into isolation, recovered, and won the election.

Bolivian interim President Jeanine Anez

Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez is a candidate in this month’s presidential race following a bout with covid-19 in July.

Prince Albert II of Monaco

In March, the head of the tiny Mediterranean city-state of Monaco, Prince Albert II, was the first world leader reported to have contracted covid-19.

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