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More than 100 "dangerous" hand sanitizers have made the Food and Drug Administration's rolling list of sanitizers that have been recalled due to the presence of a toxic chemical.
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As of Aug. 4, 115 products — introduced into the market at a time of heightened risk — have tested positive for methanol, which is a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze. The chemical can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin and potentially fatal if ingested, according to the FDA's latest update.
A majority of the methanol-containing hand sanitizers appear to have been manufactured in Mexico, with recalls issued by the manufacturer or distributor.
"Consumers must also be vigilant about which hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety we urge consumers to immediately stop using all hand sanitizers on the FDA’s list of dangerous hand sanitizer products,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn said in July.
FDA ADDS METHANOL WARNING TO MORE CORONAVIRUS HAND SANITIZER PRODUCTS
To be safe, the FDA is urging consumers not to use any hand sanitizer products from any of the listed manufacturers even if the product or particular lot number is not included in the recall "since some manufacturers are recalling only certain – but not all – of their hand sanitizer products," the FDA said.