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News From the Food and Drug Administration
March 2, 2021

Import Alert on Hand Sanitizers From South of the Border

JAMA. 2021;325(9):816. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1934

All hand sanitizers from Mexico are under an FDA import alert to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products.

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues in the US, FDA officials said they’ve seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizers from Mexico labeled to contain ethanol—also known as ethyl alcohol—that were contaminated with methanol. Methanol, or wood alcohol, can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and is life-threatening if ingested.