FDA Identifies "Toxic Ingredients" in Some Hand Sanitizers
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- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico will be confiscated for analysis to determine how safe they are for use
- The FDA made the announcement following a report by the agency that said that there had been a spike in fake hand sanitizers from Mexico, containing methanol instead of ethanol, which they claim to contain
- The FDA said methanol, when ingested or absorbed into the blood through the skin, could be toxic to the body
- The agency placed all hand sanitizers from Mexico under a nationwide "import alert," meaning that all such shipments from Mexico will be detained for further analysis
- The FDA began testing the sanitizers from Mexico in April 2020, and has found that 84 percent of the samples analyzed through December didn't meet the FDA's criteria