Earlier this week, a new warning about hand sanitizers containing cancer causing ingredients was issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA announced that it found “unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants” as it relates to certain scent-free hand sanitizer products.
According to reports, it is believed that “Benzene and acetaldehyde may cause certain types of cancer in humans.” The FDA also said that irritation of the upper respiratory tract, skin, and eyes could be caused by Acetal.
The news release also stated that “while the exact risk from using hand sanitizer containing benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal is unknown, FDA recommends consumers do not use products contaminated with
“To date, artnaturals has not responded to multiple FDA attempts to discuss the contaminated hand sanitizers, including identification of the manufacturer, possible recalls, and the scope of the contamination,” said a memo from the FDA. “Therefore, as of October 4, FDA is urging consumers not to use any artnaturals hand sanitizers.”
FDA officials say benzene may cause certain types of cancer in humans. Animal studies show acetaldehyde may cause cancer in humans and may cause serious illness or death. Acetal can irritate the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin.
“While the exact risk from using hand sanitizer containing benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal is unknown, FDA recommends consumers do not use products contaminated with unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde, or acetal,” the FDA said.