Mounting poisonings, blindness, deaths as toxic hand sanitizers flood market

A gloved hand dispenses goo into an open bare hand.

Enlarge / Hand sanitizer
being applied to a person’s hand. (credit:
Getty Leopoldo Smith
)

The Food and Drug Administration is renewing warnings this week
of dangerous hand sanitizers as it continues to find products that
contain toxic methanol—a poisonous alcohol that can cause
systemic effects, blindness, and death.

The
agency’s growing “do-not-use list”
of dangerous
sanitizers now includes 87 products. And with the mounting tally,
the FDA also says there are rising reports from state health
departments and poison control centers of injuries and deaths.

“We remain extremely concerned about the potential serious
risks of alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol,” said
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn
in a statement
.

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Mounting poisonings, blindness, deaths as toxic hand
sanitizers flood market