FDA scrutinizes Safety of Hand Sanitizers
The FDA in recent years has become more actively involved in helping consumers understand their products, the ingredients in their products, and the effectiveness of the products. Recently (2015), they asked manufacturers to PROVE that the antibacterial ingredient "Triclosan" added to soaps and other products so that the manufacturer could claim "antibacterial", be proven to be more effective than just plain old soap. This in effect, created a mandate for manufacturers to take Triclosan out of their products, and as well the claims of "antibacterial". To reach deeper into the meaning of why, the CDC is dealing with an epidemic of resistant bacteria and the FDA is on a mission to reduce this.
For manufacturers, claims are important, and sometimes these claims can feed into a false narrative for consumers. For example, that antibacterial is more effective than soap or that antibacterial ingredients need to be added to soap to make it more powerful. In the sunscreen world, spf100. (Read "Our Story" in the sunscreen section of the website for more information). We (at TMarketing) think this is already on the FDA radar and will soon be an issue to manufacturers marketing and making claims about sun protection.
In this article, ASI reports on the FDA scrutiny over ingredients that kill germs. This is a BIG topic for us in the Advertising Specialty Industry as we (TMarketing Products) believe that personal care products that come from China are inferior. Especially hand sanitizer! In internal tests with agar plate germ testing, the China product consistently had much more growth than the USA product, including other suppliers that are USA suppliers in our industry.
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At TMarketing Products, our Hand Sanitizer is "Medical Grade".
What does this mean?
To claim "Kill 99.9% of Germs" the formula must contain at minimum 62% ethyl alcohol.
Lastly, in this article, what we find frustrating and common practice is that in the advertising specialty industry it's very difficult for the distributor or end user to know what they are ordering. If a product is USA made it will say it. If a product is not USA made, it is just omitted.
In this article from ASI, Snugz USA is quoted about their practices of testing hand sanitizer product which is made in the USA.
Supplier, Ariel, is also quoted as to their thoughts on the testing practices of the hand sanitizer form their factory but omitted is the origin of their product, China. This is frustrating to me, as I know that it's from China and I know that it is not the same product as a USA made product.
And now you know.
I hope that it will become practice that when dealing with the health of products that are given out in hospitals, and events, with client's brands and logo's on these health products, that the consumer will know what kind of product it is and the origin of that product.