Essaar recalled a single lot of Soho Fresh 70% Rubbing Alcohol due to potential presence of methanol or wood alcohol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through skin or ingested.
Methanol or wood alcohol is not an approved ingredient by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hand sanitizers due to its toxic effects. Excessive methanol exposure can result in skin and eye irritation, headache, weakness, drowsiness, nausea, difficult breathing, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.
The product is used as a hand sanitizer to decrease germs when soap and water is not available.
The recalled product was distributed in retail stores nationwide.
Essaar has taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of consumers by notifying its distributors and consumers by email and is arranging for the handling of all voluntary recalled products.
The FDA recommends consumers to stop using these hand sanitizers products and to dispose of them immediately in appropriate waste containers instead of flushing it or pouring the products down the drain.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions to these hand sanitizers to date.
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