Recall of Disney-branded hand sanitizer over concerns about carcinogens

Disney-branded hand sanitizers featuring Baby Yoda and Mickey Mouse are being recalled by Best Brands Consumer Products, the company said in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration notice.

FDA testing found the presence of methanol in Mickey Mouse sanitizer and benzene in the Mandalorian version of Star Wars, according to Best Brands. The affected products were two batches sold nationwide at three retail locations and imported by a third-party manufacturer.

Front label of recalled Star Wars Mandalorian hand sanitizer.

US Food and Drug Administration

Benzene is classified as a carcinogen, and significant exposure can lead to cancers such as leukemia, blood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, the recall said.

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Label on the back of the recalled Star Wars Mandalorian hand sanitizer.

US Food and Drug Administration

Significant exposure to methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, blindness, central nervous system damage, and even death. “Although everyone who uses these products on their hands is at risk, those most at risk of methanol poisoning are young children who accidentally ingest these products, and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute,” stated it.

Labels on the front and back of the recalled Disney Mickey Mouse hand sanitizer.

US Food and Drug Administration

Consumers are being urged to stop using and discard the recalled products, including the Mandalorian hand sanitizer, which contains 68% ethyl alcohol and is sold in 2.11 liquid ounce green and blue bottles. They had an expiration date of September 30, 2022 and lot number 20E21.

Mickey Mouse hand sanitizer expires June 30, 2022 and was sold in 2.11-ounce blue bottles. They contain the batch number 20D21.

The recalled products had already been withdrawn from the market “for unrelated commercial reasons”, explained Best Brands. The company was notified of the issue by the FDA in late February, it added.

Best Brands did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

The FDA has published a number of hand sanitizer recallsespecially since the pandemic caused more Americans to turn to the products.

Posing the disinfectants special risk for young childrenwho made up the overwhelming majority more than 900 accidental poisonings in January 2021 alone with hand sanitizers.

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