FDA Expands Its List of Toxic Hand Sanitizers


The Food and Drug Administration has expanded upon its previous hand sanitizer warning, adding dozens of brands to its list of potentially toxic products.

The FDA has now identified a total of 76 types of hand sanitizers that have tested positive for methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin.

"The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death," the FDA said in a statement.

All 76 were produced in Mexico, according to the FDA.

The FDA recommends disposing of hand sanitizers produced in Mexico in "appropriate hazardous waste containers" -- and not by pouring them down the drain.

"Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death," the FDA added.

For the FDA's full list of potentially toxic sanitizers visit CBS News.

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