The US Food and Drug Administration has placed all Mexican alcohol-based hand sanitizers on “import alert” until the agency assesses the safety of the products.
In a news release on Tuesday, the FDA said that 84% of the samples it analyzed from Mexico, from April to December last year, did not comply with the agency’s regulations.
“More than half of the samples were found to contain toxic ingredients, including methanol and/or 1-propanol, at dangerous levels.”
“The agency has posted and regularly updates a list of hand sanitizer products that consumers should not use, which include those that FDA has found to contain methanol and/or 1-propanol. In most cases, methanol does not appear as an ingredient on the product label,” the FDA said.
The agency said that it has been working with companies for the recall of products which violate regulations.
They also urged manufacturers to test the raw ingredients of their products so that it meets the requirements and is free from contamination.
Hand sanitizers containing methanol may cause adverse effects such as blindness, cardiac effects, among others. Exposure can also cause nausea, vomiting, and headache, according to the agency.
“The FDA continues to proactively work with Mexican government authorities, manufacturers and retailers to ensure potentially dangerous or violative products are not distributed to consumers.”