Why Are Hand Sanitizers Being Disguised As Food And Drink?
Didn't we just talk about how unscrupulous manufacturers are sneaking methanol into hand sanitizers instead of ethanol?
I thought that was bad enough. Methanol can do all sorts of really bad things to you if it's absorbed through the skin or ingested, which is why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has nearly 200 different hand sanitizers purported to contain methanol instead of ethanol on their recall list. Despite the warnings, people have gotten really sick from those products.
Now comes word that the FDA is very concerned over hand sanitizers that come disguised as food or drink. The FDA has found some of these hand sanitizers packaged in beer cans, children’s food pouches, water bottles, juice bottles, and even vodka bottles.
As bad as ingesting hand sanitizer can be for those of us in adulthood, it's worse when a kid swallows some.
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D:
I am increasingly concerned about hand sanitizer being packaged to appear to be consumable products, such as baby food or beverages. These products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product. It’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning.