According to a news report posted on FoxBusiness.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reporting that Methanol, a toxic substance, has been discovered in other consumer products and not only hand sanitizers. The FDA warns consumers that Methanol is toxic to humans and must not be used in consumer products due to its toxic effects. The FDA warns the public that exposure to Methanol can lead to coma, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death. Mild symptoms or the initial symptoms of Methanol poisoning may include nausea, vomiting, and headache. The agency urges consumers who are experiencing these symptoms to seek “immediate treatment.”
Today, the U.S. FDA announced a recall of some Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc.’s “scented hand sanitizers” that are sold at Ulta Beauty, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx retail stores nationwide. The FDA’s announcement warns consumers that specific Scentsational Soaps & Candles’ scented hand sanitizers were tested and were found to be contaminated with Methanol, Benzene, and Acetaldehyde which are all toxic to humans and can lead to organ damage, cancers, and other deadly diseases.
According to the recall notice, this recall affects five lots of the Scentsational Soaps & Candles scented hand sanitizers from the “Black and White Collection and Photo Real Collection” and three lots of the “Ulta Beauty Collection” scented hand sanitizer spray. Ulta Beauty has already removed the recalled Ulta Beauty Collection products from its store shelves and online store.
TJX Companies stated that the company is in the process of removing all remaining hand sanitizers that are part of this recall from its Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores nationwide. The company stated that their merchandise vendors have represented and warranted that their products that they supply to TJX Companies “are in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards – including all safety standards.”
Methanol contamination has been a severe and growing problem that the FDA has been battling since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In July of 2020, the FDA announced the creation of a “rolling list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers” after witnessing a sharp increase in the number of sanitizer brands that stated the product contained Ethanol but actually tested positive for toxic Methanol. So far, the FDA’s hand sanitizer “Do Not Use” list has grown to include over 235 different products.
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