FDA expands list of hand sanitizers that contain toxic substance methanol

As of July 10, there were nearly five dozen different hand sanitizers that FDA was recommending people avoid due to the potential presence of methanol. Methanol can be dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA recommended recalls for the 59 products, all of which appear to have been produced in Mexico.

As of July 10, there were nearly five dozen different hand sanitizers that FDA was recommending people avoid due to the potential presence of methanol. Methanol can be dangerous when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA recommended recalls for the 59 products, all of which appear to have been produced in Mexico. The agency said it has "seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination." Exposure to methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death, according to FDA. The agency recommended that all people wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.