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FDA issues warning about hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol

FDA: Stop using these 9 hand sanitizer products
Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 21:43:09-04

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning over a potentially poisonous ingredient found in some hand sanitizers.

The FDA says some hand sanitizer products could be contaminated with methanol, which can be life-threatening if ingested and toxic if absorbed through the skin.

Methanol exposure can cause a host of symptoms including nausea, headaches, dizziness, amnesia, coma and seizures.

The use of ethanol alcohol-based hand sanitizers is still recommended by the FDA when soap and water are unavailable.