What to look for in a hand sanitizer
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you cannot wash your hands with soap and water. This can help you to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to people around you. Use only alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Avoid any that are not approved by the FDA.
Alert on hand sanitizers from Mexico
Recently, the FDA warned the public that all hand sanitizers from Mexico are under an alert to protect people from dangerous products. For example, the FDA is concerned with a certain toxin in the hand sanitizer that can be dangerous when absorbed through your skin. This toxin is called ethanol (or ethyl alcohol) and can also be life-threatening if you consume it. In fact, 84% of the alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico between April and December 2020 did not meet the FDA’s standards and safety regulations. Half of the hand sanitizers from Mexico contained toxic ingredients, including methanol. Hand sanitizers with methanol may contribute to blindness, harm to the heart or nervous system, hospitalizations, and death.
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