FDA warns not to use hand sanitizers. (Courtesy photo/sheknows.com)

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded a list of about 75 hand sanitizers being recalled, saying toxic levels of wood alcohol in them can cause injury or death.
The recall is due to an increase in hand sanitizers labeled to contain ethyl alcohol or ethanol that have tested positive for methanol, or wood alcohol. If methanol is absorbed through the skin, it can cause blindness and hospitalizations, or death if ingested.
“Unfortunately, there are some companies taking advantage of the increased usage of hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk by selling products with dangerous and unacceptable ingredients. Consumers and health care providers should not use methanol-containing hand sanitizers,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said earlier this month in a statement.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for hand sanitizers has grown, with questionable brands that have made their way from Mexico to store shelves across the country such as Walmart.

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