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Serious adverse health events associated with methanol in some alcohol-based hand sanitizers

The FDA warns that some ABHS manufactured in Mexico has been found to contain methanol (wood alcohol)—which is toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested, and can cause permanent blindness and death in its victims. On July 5, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a serious adverse health alert associated with methanol-based hand sanitizers. In June 2020, the FDA was alerted that patients were growing ill or dying from ingesting or using ABHS products containing methanol.

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