UNITED STATES – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled a hand sanitizer available in the Midwest United States after it was found to be incorrectly labeled as “edible alcohol.”
CorigoMeg, LLC is voluntarily recalling “all lots” of LeaFree Instant Hand Sanitizer-Aloe Vera, according to a press release from the FDA earlier this month.
“These products are being recalled being recalled because they are labeled as ‘edible alcohol’,” the FDA said. “Ingesting hand sanitizer, which is intended for topical use may result in alcohol toxicity.”
Symptoms of alcohol toxicity include: lack of coordination, slowed or slurred speech, drowsiness, or coma, which can be fatal. Younger children may experience a sharp decrease in blood sugar which may result in death, and pregnant women who ingest alcohol have experienced birth defects and developmental disabilities.
The FDA continues to maintain a growing list of recalled sanitizers due to the presence of dangerous chemicals, and misleading packaging. As of Sept. 16, the list contains 183 recalled sanitizers, most of which contain potential methanol or propanol contamination.
“Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested,” the FDA said. “The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.”
Methanol is often used to create fuel and antifreeze. Since the agency began reporting on the contaminations in June, at least one death has been reported in association with tainted hand sanitizer.
Most reputable sanitizer companies use isopropyl or ethyl alcohol. SaniGo, a veteran-owned small business producing USA made sanitizer in Indianapolis, IN., formulated their industrial antiseptic hand rub in accordance with FDA regulations.
“It was very important to us to not cut corners when it comes to customer safety,” SaniGo Business Development Manager Jordan Mendenhall said. “We genuinely care about your family, that’s why our sanitizer is made is 75 percent isopropyl alcohol.”
Mendenhall added hand sanitizer is for external use only, and should never be ingested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website says from 2011-2015, U.S. Poison Control Centers received close to 85,000 calls concerning hand sanitizer exposure in children.
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