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FDA alert issued for alcohol-based hand sanitizer from Mexico

We’ve written a couple times the last few months about alcohol-based hand sanitizer manufactured in Mexico and its potential dangers. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expressed concerns in the past, they’ve now gone one step further. They’ve issued an alert. This alert gives them the power to detain shipments coming from Mexico.

The issue with these hand sanitizers from Mexico has been that they were labeled as containing “ethanol”, but instead contained Methanol, aka wood alcohol. Methanol is extremely toxic. So much so that it can be life threatening if ingested. With hand sanitizers containing methanol, ingestion isn’t required to sicken an individual. Just applying it to your skin is enough to cause serious medical complications.

Those suffering from methanol exposure can exhibit such symptoms as: nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system. And as we mentioned above, if ingested, methanol poisoning can lead to death. What makes matters worse is we’re dealing with a worldwide pandemic, and have been for more than a year now. So the demand for hand sanitizers is larger than ever. According to the FDA, last year they found that more than 80% of tested (from April - December 2020) hand sanitizers from Mexico do not meet their standards.

Hundreds of stories have been written about the concern of methanol infused hand sanitizer, and a first of its kind FDA alert has been issued, so it’s important you stay vigilant about monitoring the brand of hand sanitizer you use in your home and at work. We’ll post a link below to the FDA’s website that contains a list of those sanitizers identified as dangerous. And if you or anyone in your family are experiencing medical issues due to a hand sanitizer, please seek professional medical help immediately.

FDA’s list of unsafe hand sanitizers:

To read the complete release from the FDA about their alert, click here: