NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The Food and Drug Administration expanded a list of hand sanitizers it’s urging people to avoid over the risk they contain the toxic, and potentially deadly, ingredient methanol.
The hand sanitizers—59 varieties in all—were made in Mexico, according to an updated list on the FDA website. Check here for more information about the FDA warning. (See the list of products below)
The agency said adults and children have had adverse reactions, including blindness, hospitalizations and death, from ingesting hand sanitizers with methanol.
“Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested,” the FDA said.
“Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects,” the agency added, saying it was continuing to investigate hand sanitizers to recall.
The FDA warned anyone who has been exposed to methanol to seek immediate treatment to reverse the toxic effects.