Michigan AG signs agreement with Ann Arbor company after alleged price gouging
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Attorney General has signed an agreement with Ann Arbor janitorial equipment supplier A.M. In late March, AG Dana Nessel’s office opened an investigation into the business after receiving complaints about price gouging practices. Cleaning & Supplies alleging that it had drastically increased prices of hand sanitizer, a sought-out product during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11, the AG’s office sent a cease and desist letter to the company. Cleaning & Supplies, L.L.C.
Updated: More than 200 hand sanitizers listed on FDA’s ‘do-not-use’ list
The FDA has expanded its ‘do-not-use’ list for hand sanitizers, which now includes more than 200 products. Check the FDA’s Do-Not-Use ListBefore you buy hand sanitizer or use hand sanitizer you have at home, the FDA recommends checking our do-not-use list at www.fda.gov/handsanitizerlist. How to Search FDA’s Hand Sanitizer Do-Not-Use ListGo to www.fda.gov/handsanitizerlistClick or tap on the red button that says, “Hand sanitizers consumers should not use.”Scroll down the page to the search box at the top of the do-not-use list. If Your Hand Sanitizer Is on the Do-Not-Use ListIf you have a hand sanitizer on the do-not-use list, or one made by a manufacturer on the list, stop using it immediately. Full list of do-not-use hand sanitizers (as of Oct. 14, 2020)
Update: FDA expands ‘toxic’ hand sanitizers recall
The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death. Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.
Hand sanitizing station stolen from Farmington Hills restaurant
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – An Oakland County restaurant wants to track down the couple that took its hand sanitizing station. UPDATE -- July 13, 2020 -- The hand sanitizing station has been returned. The security camera catches it all -- a man and woman walk into the restaurant and use the hand sanitizing station. Harshavrdhan Krishna said the sanitizer station took two months to get from Canada and cost the business $300. Krishna said it’s not how much the sanitizer station cost, it’s about piece of mind in the middle of a pandemic.
List: Hand sanitizers the FDA warns has methanol, is toxic when absorbed through skin
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico because of the potential presence of methanol. Methanol is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. View the full list belowAll-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. If youve been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol you should seek immediate treatment to reverse the toxic effects.
Small businesses in Detroit can get free PPE kits today
DETROIT – Small businesses in the city of Detroit can receive free personal protective equipment (PPE) starter kits on Monday courtesy of DTE Energy. About 6,000 PPE starter kits will be handed out between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Market’s Shed 3. This is for Detroit businesses only. Retail businesses in Metro Detroit can finally reopen Tuesday, but some of the restrictions have them preparing for a completely different world. MORE: Here’s everything that’s reopening this weekIt’s been a slow ramp up and a major learning cure for businesses, especially the smaller ones.
PVS Chemicals produces hand sanitizer for its truck drivers, donates supplies to first responders
DETROIT – PVS Chemicals began producing hand sanitizer earlier this month for its front line truck drivers and has donated supplies to first responders amid the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced Thursday. PVS will begin to distribute sanitizer and supplies in Buffalo, New York and Detroit. “We all know how crucial our front-line workers are, including first responders, and we are committed to helping others especially during these uncertain times,” said PVS Chemicals President and CEO David A. Nicholson in a statement. Since the beginning of production, PVS has donated over 1,000 bottle of sanitizer to first responders and healthcare workers in Detroit. Specifically, there is a shortage of raw materials, such as Isopropyl-alcohol and individual containers, for PVS to make and bottle the much-needed hand sanitizer for even more front-line workers," Nicholson said.
Michigan’s Ugly Dog Distillery makes hand sanitizer for Ohio food banks
CHELSEA, Mich. – Ugly Dog Distillery is delivering hand sanitizer that will be given to Ohio food banks. The distillery based in Chelsea, Michigan said JobsOhio ordered three palettes of the hand sanitizer, which is about 1,320 bottles. JobsOhio has been purchasing hand sanitizer from distillers to provide to 12 food banks amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. especially between the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University," Ugly Dog CEO David Salmon said. Ugly Dog Distillery will continue to give out hand sanitizer while supplies last.
Michigan coatings maker scales up to produce hand sanitizer
MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A coatings manufacturing company in Macomb Township said it is scaling up its operations during the coronavirus pandemic to produce hand sanitizer. In an email to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit on Tuesday, Allied PhotoChemical COO Mike Kelly said his business is considered essential/critical under the state order because its technology is used on every firefighter’s oxygen tank, diabetes medical strips, structural materials, and more. Allied wants the hand sanitizer to go to other local manufacturing and Michigan manufacturing companies to help make work environments safer. Kelly said they also are working with police and fire departments. Hand sanitizer made by Allied PhotoChemical in Macomb Township, Mich. (Allied PhotoChemical)More: Coronavirus in Michigan
Rusted Crow Distillery joins movement to produce hand sanitizer for local medical professionals
DEARBORN, Mich. – Rusted Crow Distillery and Spirits in Dearborn is switching gears to produce hand sanitizer to support local medical professionals in Metro Detroit. Like many other breweries and distilleries in Michigan, Rusted Crow is producing hand sanitizer to donate to local medical providers as they face supply shortages amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Related: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand todayAs of Wednesday, the distillery has produced and bottled more than 2,500 bottles of hand sanitizer. Other Metro Detroit distilleries and breweries producing hand sanitizer include:How COVID-19 SpreadsPerson-to-person spreadThe virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.
Ann Arbor Distilling Co. turns spirits into hand sanitizer for Ann Arbor community
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Distilling Co. has been turning its spirits into hand sanitizer for the Ann Arbor area community during a time of sanitizer shortages. Items include cocktail making kits from Ann Arbor Distilling Co., meats from Grange Kitchen and Bar and chocolates from Mindo Chocolate Makers in Dexter. Through email, Olivia Chadwick, Marketing Director of the Ann Arbor Distilling Co., said that the company decided to make the hand sanitizer because it always has access to high-proof alcohol, a component of many sanitizers. Ann Arbor Distilling Co. is at 220 Felch Street. Read: Michigan breweries shift to making hand sanitizer amid coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Can coronavirus cause patients to develop severe diseases? Does asthma increase that risk?
Dr. Frank McGeorge wants to verify or refute any information about the coronavirus, but there are also some questions experts still don’t know the answer to. McGeorge is discussing them because acknowledging what we don’t know is just as important as verifying information so people don’t rely on incorrect answers. Severe diseasesViewers from Farmington, Royal Oak and South Lyon want to know if they are at risk of developing a series disease from coronavirus. Many people have also asked if having a certain medical condition increases the risk of death from coronavirus. The risk of death for patients with cardiovascular disease who develop coronavirus is 10.5 percent.
Can coronavirus cause patients to develop severe diseases? Does asthma increase that risk?
Can coronavirus cause patients to develop severe diseases? Does asthma increase that risk? Published: March 10, 2020, 5:49 pmThere’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about the coronavirus, so Local 4 is letting viewers submit questions so we can find verified answers.
Can you get coronavirus from handling money?
DETROIT – There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about the coronavirus, so Local 4 is letting viewers submit questions so we can find verified answers. Dr. Frank McGeorge wants to verify or refute any information about the coronavirus, but there are also some questions experts still don’t know the answer to. Handling moneyConcerns over coronavirus have created intense swings in financial markets, but can the cash in your wallet, which passes between people, cause a problem? Viewers from Plymouth to Grosse Pointe have asked: Can you get coronavirus from handling money? The answer is we don’t know, but it’s worth thinking about.
Coronavirus questions: Is it safe to travel? Should you stock up on water?
Dr. Frank McGeorge wants to verify or refute any information about the coronavirus, but there are also some questions experts still don’t know the answer to. McGeorge is discussing them because acknowldging what we don’t know is just as important as verifying information so people don’t rely on incorrect answers. Viewers from St. Clair Shores to Livonia have asked whether they should be stocking up on bottled water. For people who don’t drink tap water and only drink bottled water, having a supply of bottled water available in the event that you can’t get to a grocery store is sensible. A good source for updated travel answers is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel information page.
Can coronavirus spread to pets? Are you immune after you’ve been infected?
Dr. Frank McGeorge wants to verify or refute any information about the coronavirus, but there are also some questions experts still don’t know the answer to. McGeorge is discussing them because acknowldging what we don’t know is just as important as verifying information so people don’t rely on incorrect answers. The alpha form is what usually infects pets, and the COVID-19 virus is a beta coronavirus from bats that our pets can’t catch. Another question from viewers in Ann Arbor and Troy is, “Are you immune after you’ve been infected?”The answer is yes. Experts don’t know if immunity would be highly specific or broad enough to protect a person if the virus underwent a slight mutation.