FDA to place all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on import alert
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday placed all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on an import alert until the federal agency is able to review the product's safety.
The agency announced it has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products from Mexico that may contain ethanol, but tested positive for methanol contamination.
Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizer or other drugs.
Under the import alert, alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico will be subject to heightened scrutiny, and the FDA may detain the shipment, according to a news release.
The FDA says this is the first time it has issued a countrywide import alert for any category of drug product.
Read the federal agency's entire news release here.
'We don't know where to go now': Palmview city ordnance causes concern...
Evening Weather Forecast Fri. Feb. 26, 2021
Edinburg PD: Motorcycle gangs involved in Valentine's Day shooting at Jaguars club
Willacy County wind farms kept producing energy during winter storm blackouts, experts...
Stash house in Mission leads to arrest of 40 undocumented migrants