Travelers increasingly pack and or encounter (at airports, hotels, restaurants and even supermarkets) hand sanitizers.
Here's one brand to avoid, according to a warning from the Food and Drug Administration. Seems these products don't do, ah, precisely what they're supposed to do. Just the opposite, it seems.
Risk of bacterial contamination has led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn consumers to not use any products made by Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc.
The Roy, Utah, company recalled some skin sanitizers and skin protectants sold under various brand names after an FDA inspection found that the products contained high levels of dangeroud bacteria.
The FDA said that the following Clarcon products are among those to be avoided:
• Citrushield Lotion
• Dermasentials DermaBarrier
• Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
• Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment
• Skin Shield Restaurant
• Skin Shield Industrial
• Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
• Total Skin Care Beauty
• Total Skin Care Work
According to the FDA, "Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and hand protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage."
The agency said it "finds the inspection results particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.
Here's the full FDA press release.
Here is some company information from Clarcon.. Also here.