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Toxic Hand Sanitizer Recalled After FDA Alert

JUN 28, 2020 | GRANT M. GALLAGHER
The US Food and Drug Administration frequently features recalls of pharmaceutical products and medical devices on its website. The following is a list of key recalls that may be relevant to infectious diseases, with links to full recall statements:

Saniderm Recalls Hand Sanitizer Supplied by Eskbiochem Due to Presence of Wood Alcohol (Methanol)

Saniderm Products (Saniderm) is voluntarily recalling Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer, packaged in 1-liter bottles to the consumer level. The products are being recalled due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). In response to a recent news alert by the Food and Drug Administration advising consumers of potentially toxic hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, Saniderm has proactively taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety of consumers.

Out of an abundance of caution, Saniderm has initiated a voluntary recall of all products produced by Eskbiochem SA de CV with a “Made in Mexico” origin.

Risk Statement: Substantial methanol exposure “could 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, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.”

To date, Saniderm has not received any reports of adverse events related to the product in question.
 
Read more of the recall statement.
 
Fresh Express Issues Recall of Limited Quantity of Iceberg Salad Due to Risk of Cyclospora Contamination

Fresh Express, out of an abundance of caution, has issued a recall of a limited quantity of Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad from select stores as a precautionary measure due to a possible health risk from Cyclospora.

The recall affects all product codes of Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad sold in 12- and 24-ounce packages with best-if-used-by-dates of May 19 to July 04 and distributed to select stores between June 1 and June 21 in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cyclospora parasite. A person may become infected after ingesting contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, body aches and fatigue. The infection is treated with antibiotics and most people respond quickly to treatment.

Walmart retail stores are removing the recalled product from store shelves and inventories. If customers have the recalled Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, they should discard it immediately and not consume it
 
Read more of the recall statement.
 
Golden Nutrition Inc. Recalls “Anti-viral Immune Enhancement” Due to Unsubstantiated Coronavirus Claims

Golden Nutrition Inc. of Opa Locka, Florida is recalling four (4) Lots of Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement Capsules because the label makes unsubstantiated health claims.

The recalled Anti-Viral Immune Enhancement were distributed to distributors through orders. The distribution is in Puerto Rico where consumers are able to get the product via retailers.

The product of 60 capsules comes in a green 150cc PET Bottle, with a gold cap marked with lot and expiration number on the bottom of the bottle. The Lot and expiration numbers that are being recalled are the following: Lot:1493 with Expiration: 04/2023, Lot:1499 with Expiration: 04/2023, Lot:1513 with Expiration:05/2023, and Lot:1515 with Expiration 05/2023.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Read more of the recall statement.
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