FDA recalls nearly 19,000 bottles of hand sanitizer because it may contain toxic ingredient methanol

Beijing, July 8 (Xinhua) — Nearly 19,000 bottles of hand sanitizer will be voluntarily recalled across the United States because of the potentially toxic chemicals. A litre of ITECH 361’s “full-net hand sanitizer, moisturizer and disinfectant” may contain methanol, which can cause poisoning if absorbed or ingested through the skin, according to a statement released Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA recalls nearly 19,000 bottles of hand sanitizer because it may contain toxic ingredient methanol

The FDA said the recalled products were used as hand sanitizers and moisturizers and were packaged in plastic bottles with UPC code 628055370130.

Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, the FDA wrote in its warning.

“All those who are using these products are at risk, while young children who accidentally ingest them and adolescents and adults who drink them as alcohol (ethanol) substitutes are most likely to suffer methanol poisoning,” the agency said. “

To date, ITECH 361 has not received any reports of adverse effects related to the affected products. The FDA says it is also notifying its distributors and arranging for returns, replacements or refunds for all recalled products.

The FDA recently warned consumers that it has seen a “dramatic increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol but have tested positive for methanol contamination.” “

The agency has released a list of more than a dozen products tested by the FDA and found to contain methanol, 18 of which have been recalled by manufacturers or distributors.

The FDA says methanol should not be used in hand sanitizerbecause of its toxicity, and consumers who have been exposed to methanol should seek medical attention immediately.