The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to warn consumers and health professionals that do not use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol or wood alcohol, a substance that often used to create fuel and antifreeze It can be toxic when absorbed through the skin, as well as life-threatening when ingested.
On Monday, the agency expanded its list of life-threatening products and disinfectants, warning a company based in Mexico on the sale of products containing methanol. Until this Monday, the FDA has warned against the use of more than 87 products Mexican disinfectants because they contain methanol.
“The failure of manufacturers to immediately recall all products they potentially affect is putting consumers at risk of methanol poisoning,” the FDA said in a statement.
“A warning letter has been sent to (Mexican company) Eskbiochem SA de CV for distributing products with undeclared methanol (in ingredients), unproven claims – including incorrectly saying it has FDA approval – and manufacturing practices inappropriate, “the FDA says in its statement.”
In early July, the FDA had warned about 75 Mexican products, including those made by Eksbiochem, precisely because they contain methanol.
These are the other products from the Eskbiochem company that the FDA had alerted to:
“Consumers should also be vigilant about the hand sanitizers they use, and for their health and safety, we urge consumers to stop using all the hand sanitizers listed of FDA dangerous hand sanitizer products, “FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.
“We remain extremely concerned about the potential serious risks of methanol-containing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Producing, importing, and distributing toxic hand sanitizers represents a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated. The FDA will take additional action as appropriate. necessary and will continue to provide the latest information on this topic for consumer health and safety. “
Exposure to methanol can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death, according to the FDA.