Two lots of hand sanitizers marketed with Mickey Mouse and the “Star War” series “The Mandalorian” are being recalled due to possible hazardous chemicals.
In a Friday news release, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced that Best Brands Consumer Products, Inc., issued a voluntary recall of the two products.
Tests conducted by the FDA found the presence of benzene in The Mandalorian Hand Sanitizer product and methanol in the Mickey Mouse Hand Sanitizer product. Best Brands imported these two lots, which were produced by a third-party manufacturer, according to the news release.
Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen, according to the FDA. Substantial exposure to benzene can result in leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow, along with blood disorders.
Substantial exposure to methanol can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, permanent blindness, permanent damage to the central nervous system, or death, the FDA stated in its release. The risk is particularly great for young children who accidentally ingest these products, and for teens and adults who drink the products as a substitute for alcohol.
After being notified of the FDA’s test results in late February, Best Bands conducted its own investigation and determined that both of the affected lots were produced during April 2020 and May 2020. The company confirmed that both products had already been removed in April 2021 over unrelated commercial reasons, the FDA reported.
The Mickey Mouse sanitizer comes in blue-colored, 2.11-ounce bottles with lot number 20E201, NDC number 74530-012-02 and an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2022.
“The Mandalorian” sanitizer also comes in a 2.11-ounce bottle that has green or blue liquid. It features the “Star Wars” and “Mandalorian” logos and a photo of the character Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda. The product has lot number 20D21, NDC number 74530-013-02 and an expiration date of June 30, 2022.
Best Brands said it had not received any reports of adverse effects related to the products.
The FDA added that consumers who may be suffering adverse effects from a recalled product should report it to the MedWatch program.
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