4 deaths related to methanol-based hand sanitizers in two states

Alcohol-based hands may help prevent sanitizers Coronavirus The outbreak, but drinking the products, made fatal to four people in two states. Health officials reported this week that 15 adults were poisoned in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June after drinking a hand sanitizer.

In addition to the deaths of four people, three had vision problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Everyone had consumed the containing sanitizer Methanol, Or wood liquor.

The active ingredient that kills germs in legitimate sanitizers is ethyl alcohol, which is consumable. But some companies are replacing it with poisonous methanol, which is used in antifreeze.

In June, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about a Mexican-made hand sanitizer gel stating that it contained a large amount of methanol. Since then, the FDA has expanded the list. The FDA has identified dozens of hand sanitizers that contain methanol and have been recalled back to the US by manufacturers and distributors.

last month, FDA expands to 87 The number of store-bought hand sanitizers that consumers should avoid because they contain a potentially toxic chemical. Some sanitizers identified by the FDA as potentially hazardous are sold nationwide at retailers including Walmart and Target.

The demand for hand sanitizers has increased due to the coronavirus epidemic, as public health officials encourage frequent hand washing. The CDC recommends that consumers use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% ethanol when soap and water are not available.