Best Brands Recalls Kids’ Hand Sanitizers Due to Cancer-Causing Benzene, Methanol

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Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc. Recall for hand sanitizer:

Who: Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc. many recalls The Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer and Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer. Why: Tests have found the presence of carcinogenic benzene in the Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer product and methanol in the Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer product. Where: The recall is nationwide.

A few hand sanitizers marketed for children are being recalled because one contains cancer-causing benzene and the other methanol.

Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc. announced on April 2 that it is recalling many The Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68%, available in green and blue formulations, and Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68% in the blue formulation.

The company is recalling the products after tests by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found benzene in The Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer and methanol in Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer.

Best Brands imported the two batches, which were produced by a third-party manufacturer.

Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Significant exposure to benzene can occur through the nose, mouth and skin and can lead to cancers, including leukemia and blood cancers of the bone marrow and blood disorders, which can be life-threatening, the recall notice said.

Meanwhile, substantial exposure to methanol can lead to nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, permanent blindness, permanent central nervous system damage, or death.

“While all individuals who use these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol substitute are most at risk for methanol poisoning,” the recall said.

The company is not currently facing any legal action over the recall, but Top Class Actions is closely following the recalls as they sometimes end in class action lawsuits. Best Brands said it has had no reports of side effects related to the products to date.

Top Hand Sanitizer Brands Aware of FDA Contamination

Best Brands said it was notified by the FDA of the testing and contamination at the end of February.

It said it immediately investigated and determined that both affected lots were produced during the months of April and May 2020 and that the affected lots had already been withdrawn from sale for “unrelated commercial reasons”.

The products were distributed nationwide through three points of sale, according to the recall.

“Consumers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug,” the recall says.

The recall applies to The Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68%, Lot: 20E21 (Exp. 30/09/22), in 2.11 fl. oz. bottles, and Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer Ethyl Alcohol 68%, Lot: 20D21 (Exp. 6/30/22), in 2.11 fl. oz. bottles.

Consumers may contact Best Brands with questions about this recall or to request a refund by contacting

The news comes after another hand sanitizer distributed nationwide was recalled by the gallon after an FDA analysis found it contained methanol.

Tennessee Technical Coatings Corp. announced on March 7 on the FDA’s website that it is voluntarily recalling all consumer-level 75% batches of its Hand Sanitizer Isopropyl Alcohol Antiseptic.

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