The effects of methanol and ethanol poisoning are similar — headache, blurred vision or blindness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of coordination, decreased alertness — but methanol poisoning may result in severe buildup of acid in the body or death.
The FDA has found the ingredient or suspects it may be present in 17 products manufactured by Mexican-based companies Eskbiochem SA de CV; AAA Cosmetica; Grupo Insoma, S.A.P.I de CV; Soluciones Cosmeticas SA de CV; Transliquid Technologies; and Tropicosmeticos SA de CV. A full list of product names, can be found here. The agency is working with manufacturers and distributors on a voluntary recall of these products.
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- Check to see if they have any hand sanitizers on the list. If so, stop using it and dispose of it in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour it down the drain.
- Seek immediate medical attention and call the National Poison Control Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if they have swallowed hand sanitizer or are experiencing symptoms from repeated use of one of the listed products.
- Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers out of the reach of children and supervise use.