OSNABRUECK, GERMANY - DECEMBER 13: A volunteer uses hand sanitizer as they arrive for a test run at a future Covid-19 vaccine center on December 13, 2020 in Osnabrueck, Germany. Across Germany event arenas, trade fair halls, gymnasiums and other venues are being converted into vaccine centers, with many beginning test runs ahead of approval by European Union health authorities of the new vaccine. The first real inoculations could begin by the end of December. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

The FDA has issued an alert on hand sanitizers imported from Mexico. Tests on alcohol-based hand sanitizer from Mexico found 84 percent of it contained Methanol, which can cause vomiting, seizures, blindness and even death, according to the FDA. It recommends avoiding all hand sanitizers made in Mexico.The alert marks the first time the FDA has issued a sweeping warning about a product and not a specific brand. The substance can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Action to Place All Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers from Mexico on Import Alert to Help Prevent Entry of Violative and Potentially Dangerous Products into U.S., Protect U.S. Consumers

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's continuing efforts to protect consumers from potentially dangerous or subpotent hand sanitizers, the agency has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert to help stop products that appear to be in violation from entering the U.S.

The import alert allows the FDA to detain shipments of Mexican-origin sanitizers for further investigation. It’s the first time the FDA has ever issued a countrywide import alert for any category of the drug product. According to a source, “The FDA began testing sanitizers from Mexico in April 2020 and found that 84% of the samples analyzed through December didn’t meet the FDA’s regulations.More than half of those samples “were found to contain toxic ingredients, including methanol and/or 1-propanol, at dangerous levels.” The FDA has a running list of sanitizer brands you should avoid.”