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purposely adds an unpleasant bitter taste to its product to make it undesirable to drink and to discourage ingestion. In the 24 years Purell
has been in business, the accidental or intentional ingestion of its products has been rare.
reported that children have become inebriated by ingesting Purell
. One child's ingestion of the hand sanitizer caused her blood alcohol level to reach 0.218%; Purell
contains 70% ethyl alcohol, while other hand sanitizers contain isopropanol which would likely have been fatal in the same dose.
The product packaging recommends that the product be "kept out of the reach of children".
has been claimed to "[kill] more than 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting, including
." However, in January 2020, amid the
2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
Food and Drug Administration
issued a warning to Purell's
maker, GOJO Industries, to stop its claims that the product is effective at eliminating diseases because there are no peer-reviewed, published clinical studies demonstrating the company's claims.
The product is flammable, which is mentioned in the product label. Besides ethyl alcohol, it contains water,