- Authorities report that there are four deaths from ingesting methanol disinfectants in the United States.
- The ingestion of hand sanitizers has left four dead in Arizona and New Mexico.
- Health officials in the US have warned of more than 100 harmful hand sanitizers that have already been killed by ingestion.
Authorities in the United States report four deaths from the ingestion of hand sanitizers made with methanol.
According to the AP news agency, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help stop the spread of the coronavirus, but ingesting those products was fatal for four people in the United States.
According to the AP, health authorities reported this week that 15 adults were poisoned in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June after drinking hand sanitizer. In addition to the four deaths from ingesting disinfectants, three others have vision problems, detailed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All had used disinfectants that contained methanol, or wood alcohol. The active ingredient that kills germs in legitimate disinfectants is ethyl alcohol, which is consumable. But some companies have been replacing it with the poisonous methanol, which is used in antifreeze, AP explained.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in June about a hand sanitizer gel made in Mexico that it said contained large amounts of methanol.
Since then, the FDA has identified dozens of hand sanitizers that contain methanol, prompting manufacturers and distributors to remove them from the market in the United States.
Until now, the FDA registered more than 100 harmful hand antibacterials that were already being removed from the shelves.
As reported to beginning of month In MundoHispánico, a Mexican company withdraws its antibacterials and the FDA increased the list of dangerous brands that sell this product to more than 100.