Several hundred Americans poisoned by hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizers imported from Mexico contain toxic substances.





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Hand sanitizers imported from Mexico to the United States contain substances toxic to its users. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns in a press release that these products, supposed to contain ethanol, are in fact composed of methanol, a highly toxic alcohol.

The substance, which in most cases is not on the ingredient list, can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be fatal when ingested. “Although people using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who ingest these products and adolescents and adults who consume them as an alcohol substitute are most at risk,” noted the FDA.

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In January, 938 poisonings were reported from 1is as of January 10, 2021, according to data from National Poison Data System (NPDS). Of these cases, nearly 600 involved children aged 5 and under.

“The use of hand sanitizers has increased dramatically with the coronavirus pandemic […] access to such poor quality products containing dangerous ingredients will not be tolerated, ”read the press release.

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