Is Hand Sanitizer Safe?

FDA issues warning


Hand sanitizer may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.


The FDA wants proof that hand sanitizer works. The agency is requesting scientific data on the safety and effectiveness of the product. They specifically want information regarding “three active ingredients — alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride.” Since consumers are using hand sanitizers a lot , the FDA says it wants families to be sure that these products are doing what they claim to and not harming them.

Currently, this does not require the removal of any of these products.

Right now, the CDC suggests using an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, that’s if soap and water are not available.

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