Voluntary recall issued on certain hand sanitizers


Artnaturals is voluntarily recalling 10 manufacturing batches of Artnaturals 8 oz Fragrance Free Hand Sanitizer from Food and Drug Administration testing identified that some bottles in the same manufacturing batch contained multiple impurities.

The impurities in batch G20128A included benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants, according to an FDA warning.

According to a Press release, after being contacted by the FDA, Artnaturals responded immediately to address the issue by issuing the voluntary recall. FDA unable to impose over-the-counter drug recalls, says NBC News, but it can put pressure on companies to conduct voluntary recalls through public warnings.

Hand sanitizer warning and voluntary recall follow Valisure, a lab that found benzene in Artnaturals hand sanitizer samples, issued a citizen petition in March asking the FDA to act on sanitizer products for hands with the chemical.

Exposure to impurities found in Artnaturals disinfectant can, through long-term exposure, lead to cancers, including leukemia, bone marrow cancer and blood disorders, according to the press release. However, Artnaturals has stated that it has not received any reports of adverse events related to the voluntarily recalled product.

“The toxicity of benzene has been known for over 120 years. It is directly linked to the cause of leukemia in humans. It is a group 1 carcinogen, it is at the top of the list of chemicals not to be use in FDA manufacturing, ”David Light, CEO of Valisure Lab, told NBC.

Products purchased from Walmart, Target, Costco, RiteAid, Publix, HEB and Amazon were not affected by this voluntary recall, Artnaturals said, although NBC reported that a bottle of disinfectant containing benzene was purchased. at Walmart. Bottles labeled with lot numbers G20127A, G20127D, G20127E, G20128A, G20128D, G20128F, G20129B, G20129C and G20130B have been affected by the recall. All bottles have an expiration date of May 1, 2022 and were manufactured in early May 2021.

The recall is being done with the knowledge of the FDA.

This reminder comes after Valuation found 78 sunscreens and after-sun products also containing benzene in May. Valisure has also requested a recall on these products. Coppertone later released a voluntary recall on some of its sunscreen products on September 30 due to the presence of benzene.

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