MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The FDA has expanded its list of recalled hand sanitizers to 77 due to the potential presence of methanol, a chemical that can have toxic effects if swallowed.
According to a statement released on Saturday, the FDA is warning consumers and healthcare providers that a surge in hand sanitizers has tested positive for methanol contamination.
The FDA is aware of people who have ingested a contaminated disinfectant and experienced side effects, including blindness, hospitalizations and death.
While anyone who uses any of the listed hand sanitizers is at risk, the FDA says young children who accidentally ingest it and teens and adults who drink it as an alcohol substitute are most at risk of poisoning. with methanol.
The FDA encourages consumers and healthcare providers to periodically review the frequently updated list of hand sanitizers that the FDA has tested for potential contamination.
If a healthcare professional or consumers experience adverse reactions from the use of hand sanitizer, the FDA encourages them to report to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Reporting Program by completing and submitting report online or by calling 1-800-332-1088 to request a hard copy of the form.
The FDA investigation into methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.
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