Gardena (CBSLA) Consumers should immediately stop using artnaturals hand sanitizers because they have unacceptable levels of cancer-causing chemicals, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Some odor-free hand sanitizers from ArtNaturals are labeled “DIST. By artnaturals Gardena, CA 90248” Unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants have been found, the Food and Drug Administration said in a warning issued this week. The product has been added to the Food and Drug Administration List of hand sanitizers that consumers should not use.
Benzene can cause certain types of cancer in humans, and acetaldehyde has been found to do so too, according to animal studies. Meanwhile, acetal can irritate the upper respiratory tract, eyes, and skin.
The FDA says it made several attempts to contact Fun Natural to discuss contaminated hand sanitizers, but the Gardena-based company did not respond.
Consumers who have hand sanitizer that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned should dispose of, ideally in a hazardous waste container, which may be available from local waste management and recycling centers. Contaminated hand sanitizers should not be poured down the drain or rinsed.
Anyone who has experienced a health problem from using problematic hand sanitizer can file a report with the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.