U.S. alert for brands of antibacterial gel with methanol manufactured in Mexico

28/07/2020

The U.S. government issued alerts to prevent the importation of 87 hand sanitizers manufactured in Mexico, due to their methanol content. According to tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all 87 products contain methanol, although their labels indicate that they are made from ethanol (known as ethyl alcohol).

A total of 87 sanitizing products manufactured in Mexico were found by the FDA to be contaminated with methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Image: Pixabay
A total of 87 sanitizing products manufactured in Mexico were found by the FDA to be contaminated with methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Image: Pixabay

The FDA warned that methanol or wood alcohol is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin, and can be deadly when ingested. The agency said it is aware of cases in which adults and children have ingested methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers, resulting in effects such as blindness, hospitalizations, and deaths.

It recommended that people who have been exposed to the contaminated disinfectants and are experiencing symptoms of poisoning seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms it can cause are nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, convulsions, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

The 87 contaminated products identified by the FDA belong to the brands Blumen, Klar and Danver, Modesa, The Honeykeeper, Hello Kitty, Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer, Bio AAA, Lumiskin, QualitaMed and Herbacil.

The brands Earths Amenities, Agavespa Skincare, Vidanos, All-Clean, Esk Biochem, Lavar 70, The Good Gel Antibacterial, CleanCare, Saniderm, Unscented, Jaloma Antiseptic and Andy's are also present.

Other brands containing methanol are NeoNatural, Plus Advanced, Optimus, Shine and Clean, Selecto, Mystic Shield, Born Basic, Scent Theory, Cavalry, Enliven, Luz Eoi, Bersih, Tropical Solution, Britc, Parabola, Urbane Bath, Rinse, Kleanz, Be Safe, Wave and DESA.

The complete list of products manufactured in Mexico that were identified by the FDA as containing methanol can be found on its website.