As reported by CNN, a few Disney products have been recalled after being linked to dangerous carcinogens.
Recently, two lots of Disney-branded hand sanitizer featuring Mickey Mouse and baby Yoda from Disney’s The Mandalorian have been recalled by Best Brands Consumer Products, according to a company statement shared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA detected benzene in The Mandalorian product and methanol in the Mickey Mouse version.
Benzene is a dangerous carcinogen and substantial exposure can cause leukemia, a blood cancer of the bone marrow, and life-threatening blood disorders, the FDA said. Prolonged exposure to methanol can cause serious health problems such as coma, seizures, permanent blindness, permanent damage to the central nervous system, or death. The FDA noted, “young children who accidentally ingest these products, and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.” It was incredibly important to recall these products quickly as young children would have been the primary target for these items.
Thankfully, the two hand sanitizer products have been taken off the market already for “unrelated commercial reasons” and the company has received no complaints from customers about the Disney-themed products, according to Best Brands.
Both lots were produced by a third-party manufacturer, according to the company statement. Customers who experience problems with the product can also report their experiences to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program but as of now, everyone appears to be safe from these harmful products and chemicals.
This isn’t the first time we have seen Disney-branded or related merchandise be recalled, as we have covered in the past. It should be noted that when things go wrong with a product, it is often at the fault of the manufacturer, and not Disney.
Kim Del Campo was recently visiting Disney World and after her vacation was over, she wanted to pick up some candy to bring home. Many Guests like to purchase sealed snacks from Disney World that they can carry home with them, as it allows Guests to have a little bit of Disney magic with them even after they leave. Treats such as chocolate, rice krispies, coffee beans, lollipops, and other forms of candy are often sealed tight and won’t perish in your luggage while you return home.
When Kim purchased the Strawberry Licorice Wheel from the Contemporary Marketplace at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, she did not open up the package until she made her way home. Upon opening the bag, Kim unraveled the candy to find a piece of metal lodged into the middle of the candy.
Of course, this was not specifically Disney’s fault, as the candy comes to them from a facility, but still can be worrisome. Incidents like this happen occasionally, and when they do, it is often advised that you report it so that all products within that batch can be recalled. Luckily, Kim noticed the change of color in the candy before she ate it, but since it was in the middle of the candy, there is a chance that someone else in the same situation, especially a child, could have eaten the steel without knowing.
More on Walt Disney World Resort
At the moment, EPCOT is now celebrating the International Flower and Garden Festival, and tons of construction is going on! Spaceship Earth now has the new Beacon of Magic lights illuminating the sphere and Future World is on the road to completion. Club Cool and the new Creations Shop is open to Guests as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavilion! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also debut this year! Plus, you can enjoy the stunning Harmonious show each evening!
World Showcase will soon also be joined by World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. The construction on these three lands has been ongoing, and now, we are beginning to see certain aspects of the theme park taking shape.
While you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. By the Chinese Theater, Guests prepare to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always boasts a long line with others shooting their shot on Midway Mania or spinning their brains out on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!
If you want to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there is a ton to see and do! You can head over to Expedition Everest in Asia (when it is not under refurbishment) to visit the terrifying Yeti. Pandora will bring your Avatar dreams to life with Flight of Passage bringing Guests into the world of the Na’vi. DINOSAUR is still filled with giant dinos at every turn, and over at Kilimanjaro Safaris, you can take a ride on a real safari, and if you are lucky, a giraffe might even step in your way! A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is now running, and the show is not one you should miss.
At Magic Kingdom there is so much to see and do! Cinderella Castle is decked out for the 50th anniversary and now, Festival of Fantasy and Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire have returned. You can ride the three big mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain, or calm things down on Peter Pan’s Flight. Rope drop the Park to get on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then enjoy a mid-day snack with some Dole Whip. Be sure to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the firework show, Disney Enchantment!
Have you ever purchased a hand sanitizer from Disney World?