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Stop using certain hand sanitizers, FDA says

Consumers should avoid using hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, Food and Drug Administration advised on its website on June 19.
Consumers should avoid using hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, Food and Drug Administration advised on its website on June 19.

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Consumers should avoid using hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, Food and Drug Administration advised on its website on June 19.

That’s because these hand sanitizers may contain methanol, a type of wood alcohol.

Methanol can be toxic if it’s absorbed into the skin or if a person ingests it, according to the FDA.

People most at risk for methanol poisoning are those who ingest the hand sanitizer, such as children, as well as teens and adults who drink the sanitizer as an alcohol substitute, according to the FDA.

Symptoms of methanol poisoning include nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death, according to the FDA.

The products are still on the market even though the FDA contacted Eskbiochem on June 17 and asked the company to remove them.

To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products.

But the FDA advised consumers to seek immediate medical treatment if they’ve been exposed to hand sanitizers containing methanol.

Do not flush or pour these products down the drain, the FDA said. Such products must be disposed into appropriate hazardous waste containers.

For more information and a full list of products, visit bit.ly/2Yl4Ux0.

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