Don’t Sanitize Your Hands Until You Read This
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.
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.”