The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)  has received information from US FDA of the recall of Five (5) lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles Scented Hand sanitizers from the Black and White collection,  (Five) 5 lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles Scented Hand Sanitizer from the Photo Real Collection and  (Three) 3 lots of Ulta Beauty Collection scented Hand Sanitizer Spray packaged in 3.38 and 3.4 fluid ounce spray bottles by the manufacturer after test conducted revealed the presence of methanol (wood alcohol), benzene and acetaldehyde.

These products were said to have been distributed nationwide in the USA through Ulta Beauty, TJ Maxx and Marshalls retail stores.

Methanol also known as wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk.

Exposure to benzene can occur through inhalation, oral and skin contact. A reasonable probability exits that benzene if present at levels above the maximum daily exposure recommendations can result in cancers including leukemia, cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life threatening.

Additionally, animal studies have revealed that acetaldehyde can possibly cause cancer in humans.

The details of the recalled lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles Hand Sanitizers subject to the US FDA are as shown in the table below:

Brand name  (Scent) Size LOT#  
Ulta Beauty Collection Fresh Lemon Scented Hand Sanitizer 100.55ml/3.4 fl. oz. 20357A, 

20358B, 20363C

SS Black and White Collection Coconut Breeze Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) 20252
SS Black and White Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL)   20248
SS Black and White Collection Lavender & Herbs Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) 20253
SS Black and White Collection Lemon Zest Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ. (100mL) 20255
SS Black and White Collection SS Tangerine & Guava Black and White Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20254
SS Photo Real Collection Coconut Breeze Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20252
SS Photo Real Collection Eucalyptus & Mint Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20248
SS Photo Real Collection Lavender & Herbs Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20252
SS Photo Real Collection Lemon Zest Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20255
SS Photo Real Collection Tangerine & Guava Photo Real Hand Sanitizer 3.38 FL.OZ.(100mL) 20254

Below are the images of the recalled lots of Scentsational Soaps & Candles Scented Hand sanitizers;

NAFDAC implores importers, distributors, retailers and consumers to exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the distribution, sale and use of Scentsational Soaps & Candles scented Hand Sanitizers.

Members of the public who have been exposed to these brands of products known to contain these harmful substances are to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products and are implored to discontinue sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

NAFDAC encourages the members of the public to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) recommends the  use of  an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol (also referred to as ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropanol as part of the measures put in place to mitigate the possible risk of spreading the COVID 19 Virus.

NAFDAC encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events related to the use of these recalled Hand sanitizer products to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng or NAFDAC Med Safety Mobile App.

 

NAFDAC

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