The FDA has issued an alert on hand sanitizers imported from Mexico.
Tests on alcohol-based hand sanitizer from Mexico found 84 percent of it contained Methanol, which can cause vomiting, seizures, blindness, and even death, according to the FDA. It recommends avoiding all hand sanitizers made in Mexico.
⚠️ Methanol, or wood alcohol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening if ingested. It is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizer in the US.
FDA places all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on 'import alert'https://t.co/gfvDeatP4L
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The alert marks the first time the FDA has issued a sweeping warning about a product and not a specific brand.
Aren’t products imported from other countries checked by the FDA before they’re sold in the U.S.?