WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been busy warning consumers about the risks of using certain hand sanitizers. The FDA expanded its list of potentially toxic and harmful hand sanitizer brands because the sanitizer contains methanol, which is wood alcohol, rather than isopropyl alcohol. According to an article appearing on Pennlive.com, the FDA announced that approximately 24 brands of hand sanitizer produced by 4E Global, SAPI de CV in Mexico. Additionally, the FDA joined a company identified as ITECH 361 to announce that several thousands of bottles of All Clean Hand Sanitizer, in moisturizer and disinfectant varieties, are under recall. According to NBC 10 Boston, the FDA warned that ingesting wood alcohol, either by drinking or absorbing through the skin, can cause the victim to become violently ill, and could even be deadly.
The FDA issued stern warnings about the dangers of wood alcohol consumption. The FDA advises people to avoid using hand sanitizers containing methanol because of the elevated threat of falling violently ill. Symptoms of substantial methanol exposure including vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, headache, seizures, coma, headache, permanent blindness as well as permanent damage to the victim’s nervous system. Death could result from methanol poisoning as well.
The FDA cautioned parents that children are especially vulnerable to methanol overdose through accidental ingestion. The FDA also suggested that older adults could overdose because of the chance that someone could drink it as a substitute for an alcoholic beverage. The FDA confirmed that the ingestion of hand sanitizers that contain methanol lead to hospitalizations, blindness, and death. The FDA did not say if those accidental deaths and illnesses were in the U.S.
The FDA warned consumers about fraudulent claims made on hand sanitizer packaging. Some bottles claim that the hand sanitizer is FDA-approved. The FDA does not analyze, and therefore cannot approve hand sanitizer. Consequently, any bottle of hand sanitizer claiming to be approved by the FDA is making a fraudulent claim.
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