Public Alert No. 018/2021 – Alert On Recall Of Medically Minded Hand Sanitizers By Global Sanitizers Due To Undeclared Methanol Content
June 29, 2021,
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received information from US FDA that Global Sanitizers is voluntarily recalling fifty-thousand units of its Medically Minded hand sanitizer due to presence of undeclared methanol.
Hand Sanitizers are used and marketed to help decrease bacteria on the skin when soap and water are not available.
Methanol, or wood alcohol on the other hand, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.
Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.
Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.
Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxicity
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.
The details of the recalled Medically Minded Hand Sanitizers are as follows:
Product Manufacturer: Global Sanitizers, Las Vegas, NV
Product Name: Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer
Lot Numbers: E212020 and E082020
Expiry Date: 5/21/2022
Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer is packaged in 8.5 oz/ 250ml clear bottles with caps with the following UPC 7675300359.
NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the distribution, sale and use of methanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Members of the public in possession of the recalled Medically Minded hand sanitizer or any methanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers are implored to discontinue sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.
NAFDAC encourages members of the public to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, it is recommended to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropanol).
NAFDAC encourages healthcare professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of any Hand sanitizer to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the NAFDAC ADR e-Reporting platform available at www.nafdac.gov.ng