How many of you use some kind of hand sanitizer product? You know, that clear gel you squirt on your hands and don’t rinse off, that is supposed to kill bacteria. The ironic news is that the FDA has seized all skin sanitizers and skin protectant products from a manufacturer in Utah because the products were (I’m not making this up) contaminated with bacteria that could cause skin infections. Doesn’t say much about a sanitizer’s ability to kill bacteria if it can become contaminated with bacteria, does it?
The company in question, Clarcon, manufactures the products under a number of brand names (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, and Total Skin Care Work). If you have a skin sanitizer or skin protectant product manufactured by Clarcon, the FDA advises you to throw it away (normal trash is ok). The FDA ordered the seizure of the products after Clarcon refused to destroy them, despite the contamination.
There is some question about why the FDA sent in the federal marshals in this case. Maybe after all the recent food contamination cases caused by lax enforcement of safety regulations, they are trying to be more proactive.