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FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. More information is available at www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol#products.