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Posted November 27, 2020
Harmonic Nature Hand Sanitizer Potentially Toxic
On November 16, 2020, the FDA issued a warning letter to Harmonic Nature S. de R.L. MI. because laboratory tests showed that their product Alcohol Antiseptic 75% Topical Solution Hand Sanitizer contains 1-propanol, which is toxic when ingested.
The FDA first warned consumers about the possible presence of 1-propanol in certain hand sanitizers on August 12 and has continued to update consumers about potentially-affected products and recalls.
Harmonic Nature announced a recall of some lots of their hand sanitizer in August, but FDA tests showed the continued existence of 1-propanol.
While the product labels state Harmonic Nature hand sanitizer contains 75% ethanol, the tests found that the product actually contained an average of 0% ethanol and 38% of the potentially-harmful 1-propanol. This product is adulterated because it contains a dangerous chemical, and it is also misbranded because its label is false and misleading.
1-propanol is poisonous when ingested and can result in confusion, decreased consciousness, slowed pulse and breathing, and death. The FDA warned consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing 1-propanol and are experiencing symptoms to "seek immediate care for treatment of toxic effects of 1-propanol poisoning."
The FDA warned that while all individuals are at risk of harmful events if they use this product, those most in danger of 1-propanol poisoning are children who accidentally ingest the hand sanitizer and adults who drink it as a substitute for ethanol.
1-propanol is a different form of alcohol than ethyl alcohol. Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol is recommended by the CDC for disinfecting hands when soap and water are not available, and is generally considered safe when used as directed. See the CDC's website for more information about using hand sanitizer.
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