Dozens of hand sanitizers are potentially toxic, FDA warns
The Food and Drug Administration’s list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers continues to grow, with the agency warning of more products tainted with methanol.
The FDA’s latest warning to consumers and health care providers involves hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, but tested positive for methanol. Also known as wood alcohol, methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and deadly if swallowed.
The regulatory agency has expanded to 75 its list of sanitizers for consumers to avoid — some of which have already been recalled and some the FDA is recommending be recalled — for containing the potentially fatal substance.
“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,” the FDA stated.
Young children who accidentally ingest these products, as well as adolescents and adults who drink them as an alcohol substitute, are most at risk of methanol poisoning, according to the agency.