The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning manufacturers, exporters, importers and distributors: Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its adverse events including deaths.
There is an increase on the market of hand sanitizers labeled as containing ethanol, but instead and in fact contain methanol, which can cause
■ blurred vision
■ permanent blindness
■ permanent damage to the nervous system