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FDA warns consumers about false claims of hand sanitizers

April 25, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning about the often false claims made by many manufacturers of hand sanitizers, reported Web MD.

The FDA told consumers to avoid purchasing hand sanitizers that claim to prevent various bacteria and diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli), the story reported.

However, this has confused consumers due to the fact that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) often councils people to use hand sanitizer to prevent contamination when soap and water are not available, according to the article.

The reason the FDA are against this is not because sanitizers do not work, but because it has discovered that some brands have been found to be in violation of the FDA''s regulations on such products, the article states.

Said product brands are Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel, Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion, Dr. Tichenor''s Antiseptic Gel and CleanWell All-Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer, according to the article.

The FDA reminds that other brands, while fine to use, only reduce the presence of bacteria, they do not eliminate it, the article reported.

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