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Could it be Risky to Buy Hand Sanitizer Packaged in a Beverage Bottle?

June 19, 2020; The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to use hand sanitizers made by a company called Eskbiochem, because it contained methanol.  Methanol is a substance that can be toxic in hand sanitizers when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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Consumer Reports found, in a sampling of 2,164 adults that 74% were unable to track down liquid hand sanitizer.  This caused many to purchase a non- familiar brand. Consumer Reports also found the same people purchasing hand sanitizer were unlikely to check for CDC, FDA or WHO approved product before purchasing.

The FDA has praised the liquor industry for responding so enthusiastically to the Covid-19 problem. However they issued a warning about some hand sanitizer product from these companies.  Since the liquor industry is unfamiliar and inexperienced with hand sanitizer production, it became necessary to put out strict guidelines for any hand sanitizer.  The following should help explain the concerns and guidelines for these products.

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Research shows, not all liquor manufacturers are using the required denatured alcohol. Denatured alcohol is designed to taste terrible for a reason.  Regular alcohol that they are using to produce hand sanitizers from liquor based companies has a pleasant or familiar taste. Children, young adults and even some adults have discovered they can drink this hand sanitizer for whatever reason.  Drinking 80% alcohol is bad (remember 80% in 160 proof), but add to that the ingestion of other chemicals contained within hand sanitizer formulation and you have a potentially poisonous situation. The hazard can happen on the first ingestion or over time. In any case the FDA does not want a drinkable hand sanitizer on the market for obvious reasons.

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In addition, many of these inexperienced new hand sanitizer manufacturers are putting the hand sanitizer into plastic and glass bottles from their core business (in other words liqueur bottles)  Obviously this type of container could be easily be mistaken for regular alcohol or another beverage. In fact you have probably seen an Amazon commercial where the woman remarks that when their hand sanitizer first came in they thought it was Vodka.  Remember, the alcohol content if far above most commercially available alcohol beverages commonly available. Again; 60 proof is only 30% alcohol and hand sanitizer is a minimum of 60% (120 proof) and optimally 80% (160 Proof).

The FDA has recommended the packaging contain warnings that tell the consumer to supervise access to children younger than 6 to prevent accidental ingestion. The FDA has not banned drinkable products, they have stated that with the proper warning “They are OK to use.”  One big problem, as children and the public in general, begin to get wind of the non-bitter tasting hand sanitizer, there are no age limits to buying hand sanitizer of any kind.

 

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Calls to the National Poison Data System  related to hand sanitizer increased in March a remarkable 79% compared to the previous year.  The FDA says, with most related unintentional exposures in children 5 and younger, it was simply accidental.  The FDA says it received a report of a 13-year-old girl who drank hand sanitizer packaged in a liquor bottle from a distiller that did not include the necessary label warnings. The product was reported to taste like normal drinking alcohol.

“We appreciate the industry’s willingness to help supply alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the market to meet the increasing demand and are grateful for the liqueur industry’s efforts” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., said in a statement. But, he added, “It is important that hand sanitizers be manufactured in a way that makes them unpalatable to people, especially young children, and that they are appropriately labeled to discourage accidental or intentional ingestion, this means denatured alcohol in all products.”

 

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As more companies begin to manufacture hand sanitizer, “There’s absolutely no reason to put children’s safety at greater risk,” says William Wallace, manager of home and safety policy at Consumer Reports. “The FDA is right to tell distillers and other new manufacturers to stay within guidelines. Their supporters in Congress must add legislation that all hand sanitizers must use denatured alcohol to make hand sanitizer taste bitter. It’s a proven, commonsense way to help parents keep their children safe.”

Sani Life follows all guidelines set up by the FDA, CDC and the WHO.  Our packaging is industry compliant and we use only denatured alcohol so ingestion is nearly impossible as was the FDA’s design in their required formulation.

 

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