FDA's list of potentially dangerous hand sanitizers now stands at 87

Hand sanitizer sales have skyrocketed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Author:
Publish date:
49821504556_652dc21634_c

The FDA is warning consumers against hand sanitizer products that it says are harmful if absorbed through the skin or ingested.

The FDA on Monday updated its list of hand sanitizers that consumers should not purchase. These products have tested positive for containing methanol. While hand sanitizers often contain ethanol to help kill germs, methanol can cause serious health problems, according to the FDA.

Absorbing methanol through the skin can be toxic, but ingesting it can be life-threatening, according to the FDA. The agency reports cases of blindness, hospitalizations and death when adults and children have ingested the substance.

Other symptoms of methanol exposure can include nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma and permanent damage to the nervous system.

The list of flagged hand sanitizers was up to 87 products as of Tuesday. You can find the list here.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer sales in the U.S. have soared.

According to CNBC, hand sanitizer sales back in February were up 73 percent in the U.S.

The FDA recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when possible. If that option isn’t available, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethanol should be used instead.

“Unfortunately, there are some companies taking advantage of the increased usage of hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic and putting lives at risk by selling products with dangerous and unacceptable ingredients. Consumers and health care providers should not use methanol-containing hand sanitizers,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn in a statement.

Next Up

Jared Vanderbilt

Shorthanded Timberwolves fall to Atlanta in Monday matinee

D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, but didn't have much help.

police lights

Man, 72, critical after possible robbery outside Minneapolis business

The 72-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.

vaccine

It could take months to vaccinate MN teachers, people 65 and older

"This is going to be harder than going to Ticketmaster and trying to get Bruce Springsteen tickets," Walz said.

Herb Brooks statue

Trump's planned statue garden would include 2 Minnesotans, others with MN links

But there were some notable names absent from the wide-ranging and eclectic list.

k9 zeke

Petition seeks to allow retired Corcoran officer to keep K9 partner

Corcoran's public safety director says if K9 Zeke is donated to the officer it will be a loss for the department.

covid

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 18

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Tom Kelly Jr.

Tom Kelly Jr., son of Twins World Series manager, dies at 42

He was a member of the 2001 UST national championship team.

Hennepin County CSI

Police: Man shot in the head by woman in Richfield

It happened in the early hours of Monday.

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas students robbed by suspects in ski masks

Nobody was injured in the early Saturday incident.

Related

android sanitizing station CBP

Officers seize 440 fake hand-sanitizing stations at International Falls port

If the items were legitimate, they would have been worth more than $1 million.

These toys made the list of '10 most dangerous' for 2016

A child safety group says you should avoid these toys. But the toy industry says they are safe.

coronavirus, covid-2, doctor, masks

Minnesota's coronavirus count now stands at 235

This number does not reflect the actual number of cases in Minnesota, as testing is limited.

united-states-capitol-1675540_1920

Where does the next federal COVID-19 relief package stand?

Democrats and Republicans have both put out their proposals for a second relief package, but have so far failed to reach an agreement.