People of Tennessee, a batch of Aruba Aloe hand sanitizer has been recalled, due to a small problem involving it potentially causing blindness or comas.

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Hand Sanitizer and Aloe Gel Recalled Due to Methanol Contamination, Consumers Warned of Serious Health Risks

In a recent health scare, federal officials have issued a warning regarding the presence of methanol in certain batches of hand sanitizer and aloe gel, prompting a widespread recall due to potential health hazards.

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According to an announcement by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel have been flagged for containing "alcohol denatured with methanol," raising alarms over the risk of serious health complications for consumers.

What Are The Dangers Of Using The Recalled Products

The FDA emphasized the dangers associated with methanol exposure, citing potential symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, permanent blindness, as well as irreversible damage to the central nervous system or even death.

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Customers have been urged to cease using the affected products immediately and dispose of them appropriately. The recall pertains to Aruba Aloe Balm N.V.'s hand sanitizer gel packaged in 12 fl oz dark green plastic bottles, identifiable by white labels bearing the inscription "ARUBA ALOE Hand Sanitizer GEL 80% Alcohol Made in Aruba World’s Finest Aloe."
Additionally, the recall extends to Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel, marketed for temporary relief of pain and itching from minor burns, sunburn, insect bites, or skin irritations, packaged in sizes of 2.2 fl oz and 8.5 fl oz transparent plastic bottles labeled "Alcoholada Gel Pain Relieving Gel 0.5% Lidocaine Hydrochloride."

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This development adds to the FDA's ongoing efforts during the pandemic to identify potentially hazardous hand sanitizers, which surged due to an influx of products containing methanol instead of the approved ethyl alcohol. Methanol, commonly used in industrial settings, poses serious risks when applied to the skin or ingested.


What Are The Dates Of The Distributed Expired Products?

The affected products were distributed between May 1, 2021, and Oct. 7, 2023, primarily sold online through Aruba Aloe Balm N.V.'s website. The company has taken proactive steps to notify affected customers, offering a discount coupon for future purchases as part of their response to the recall.
Consumers are advised to exercise caution and adhere to official guidance regarding hand sanitizers and personal care products to mitigate potential health risks.

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