The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its list of dangerous hand sanitizers. The agency warned a Mexican company about selling products that include methanol in their ingredient list. Methanol can poison people through the skin.

With hand sanitizer in high demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, other companies are stepping in to fill a gap and sell hand sanitizers and related products. The government is warning people to pay attention to labels and avoid using products with methanol, which could be potentially deadly.

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“Manufacturers’ failure to immediately recall all potentially affected products is placing consumers in danger of methanol poisoning,” the FDA said in a statement. “A warning letter has been issued to Eskbiochem S.A. de C.V. for distributing product with undeclared methanol, unapproved claims –including incorrectly stating FDA approval—and improper manufacturing practices.” The FDA is urging people not to purchase hand sanitizer from companies on their list.
Four people died in New Mexico earlier in July after drinking hand sanitizer, according to the FDA. “Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizer products,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.”We remain extremely concerned about the potential serious risks of alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol. Producing, importing and distributing toxic hand sanitizers poses a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated. The FDA will take additional action as necessary and will continue to provide the latest information on this issue for the health and safety of consumers.”
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