The FDA warns not to use hand sanitizer products containing methanol or wood alcohol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested.
The agency says, “We’ve seen an increase in hand sanitizer products that have tested positive for methanol contamination.” Officials have also reported recent adverse events from adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer contaminated with methanol, including blindness, hospitalizations, and death.
The FDA recommends consumers immediately stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them in a hazardous waste container or as recommended by the local waste management center. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain or mix with other liquids.
Click here for a list of FDA-tested and recalled hand sanitizer products.