By B.N. Frank
It wasn’t even 2 weeks ago that the “Better Late than Never” Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded their warnings from 9 potentially toxic and deadly hand sanitizers to 14 brands. Now they are saying it’s more like 75.
From CBS News:
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.
The agency’s warning comes amid heavy demand for sanitizer due to the coronavirus pandemic, with public health officials urging consumers to frequently wash their hands and to use hand sanitizer. For instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using sanitizers that contain at least 60% ethanol alcohol, as well as frequent hand-washing.