The FDA is warning consumers not to buy hand sanitizers “that claim to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses.”
According to the FDA, they are cracking down on companies that break federal law by promoting their products as preventing MRSA infections and other diseases without agency review and approval. The FDA points to four companies whose products, it says, are in violation of FDA regulations.
· Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel from Tec Laboratories
· Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and Safe4Hours First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant from JD Nelson and Associates
· Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic Gel from Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co.
· CleanWell All-Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, and CleanWell All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap from Oh So Clean Inc. (doing business as CleanWell Company).
According to an FDA representative, ” The FDA has not approved any products claiming to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, or H1N1 flu, which a consumer can just walk into a store an buy, These products give consumers a false sense of protection.”
An FDA spokesperson tells WebMD that consumers should continue to follow CDC advice to use hand sanitizers when water is not available.
The CDC advice specifically says alcohol-based hand sanitizers help protect (not kill) against MRSA and other germs. During flu season, the CDC continually warns Americans to prevent flu by using hand sanitizers when soap and water isn’t available.
FDA Recommends the following:
Hopefully, most consumers are wise enough to understand that there is no substitution for washing your hands and that Hand Sanitizer’s aren’t designed to replace washing your hands but used in circumstances where soap and water aren’t readily available.
What is your favorite hand sanitizer and does this report effect your decision to continue your use?