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Urgent Alert: Popular Aloe Gel Product Recalled for Life-Threatening Contamination

by Erica Carlin

More than thirty lots of hand sanitizer and aloe gel are being recalled due to the presence of a dangerous substance that can result in serious health complications such as blindness and coma.

The FDA announced on Friday that Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. is voluntarily recalling 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel, both containing methanol-modified alcohol.

Methanol exposure can lead to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, coma, seizures, permanent blindness, central nervous system damage, or even death.

Those most vulnerable to methanol poisoning include children who ingest the products accidentally and individuals who consume them as a substitute for ethanol alcohol.

Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. has confirmed that there have been no reports of any negative incidents linked to the use of its products.

The Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel serves as a sanitizer to help eliminate bacteria that may lead to illness. It is presented in 12 fl oz green plastic bottles featuring white labels with the inscription “ARUBA ALOE Hand Sanitizer GEL 80% Alcohol Made in Aruba World’s Finest Aloe.”

Meanwhile, the Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel is formulated to offer temporary relief from pain and itching caused by minor burns, sunburn, insect bites, or minor skin irritations. This product is available in clear bottles of 2.2 and 8.5 fl oz sizes.

The specific batches of the affected Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer GEL product are as follows:

 

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The affected Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel product lots are as follows:

As per the FDA, the items were distributed from May 1, 2021, to October 27, 2023, and were available for purchase online in the US through the Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. website.

The company based in Aruba is contacting customers who purchased the products via email and providing a discount coupon for their next purchase.

The FDA recommends that customers stop using the products immediately and dispose of them.

Additionally, the agency advises individuals impacted by the product to consult with their healthcare provider or doctor.

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