Why should you believe hand sanitizers are safe?… With more than 50 brands now recalled by Health Canada.
While quality-grade ethanol is the ingredient that makes hand sanitizers effective, there are two impurities that experts said are dangerous substitutions: methanol and ethyl acetate.
Kelly Grindrod, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy, said ethyl acetate and methanol can both cause skin irritations, but methanol can also lead to eye irritation and upper-respiratory irritation when it evaporates and is breathed in after being applied to the skin.
“You inhale it, and it can cause irritation. Headaches can also happen,” Grindrod said. “So that’s a problem.”
There’s also concern with the product being absorbed through the skin, though Grindrod said the amount would be minimal, and long-term toxicity is “more of a question mark than a known risk.”
Ingesting methanol can be deadly!
Dangers with hand sanitizers containing methanol or ethyl acetate can be severe if they’re ingested, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report this week warning of serious adverse effects, including deaths, associated with swallowing methanol.
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