FDA expands warning, recall for certain types of hand sanitizer gel

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an update to the agency’s recalls and warnings about certain types of hand sanitizer gel.

Officials said some of them are made in Mexico and contain large amounts of poisonous methanol, which is also known as wood alcohol. The FDA said the methanol “can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested,” and recommended consumers dispose of nine brands of gel sanitizers made by Eskbiochem SA de CV.

Other hand sanitizer gels do not contain enough ethyl or isopropyl alcohol, which is necessary for the gel to be effective, according to officials.

Visit the FDA’s website for a list of all of the products in question and what to do if you believe you’ve been exposed to methanol.

KPRC 2 contributed to this report.