According to a news report published on newsweek.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) list of recalled hand sanitizers has grown to over 255 different products. The report states that the number of recalled hand sanitizer products is the longest that it has ever been. The FDA has updated its list to include 255 hand sanitizer products. Most of the recalled products were manufactured in Mexico. The list of recalled products also includes companies based in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Utah, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, China, Guatemala, South Korea, Poland, and Turkey.
In June 2020, the FDA declared that several hand sanitizers made in Mexico contained high levels of methanol, which is toxic to humans. The FDA recommend that people exposed to methanol “should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for a potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.” According to the FDA, methanol exposure may cause vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, headache, permanent blindness, seizures, permanent damage to the nervous system, coma or death.
To view the FDA’s updates on hand sanitizers people should not use, visit the FDA website.
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