Dozens of hand sanitizers are potentially toxic, FDA warns

The Food and Drug Administration’s list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers continues to grow, with the agency warning of more products tainted with methanol.

The FDA’s latest warning to consumers and health care providers involves hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, but tested positive for methanol. Also known as wood alcohol, methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and deadly if swallowed. 

The regulatory agency has expanded to 75 its list of sanitizers for consumers to avoid — some of which have already been recalled and some the FDA is recommending be recalled — for containing the potentially fatal substance.


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