Parents Beware: Hand Sanitizer Warning Issued

Hand Sanitizer

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Seamus DeLuc

Don’t drink hand sanitizer.

You’d think that’s an obvious statement, but health officials are warning people to be more wary because hand sanitizer is sometimes being bottled in containers usually relegated for food or drink.

COVID-19 has caused a shortage in hand sanitizer containers, meaning manufacturers are using beer cans, children’s food pouches and other consumable packages. When ingested, hand sanitizer is toxic to adults and can be lethal to children. Hand sanitizer usually contains 60% to 70% alcohol.

As a result, The Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans of potentially lethal effects.

FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn is asking people to take this threat seriously.

“I am increasingly concerned about hand sanitizer being packaged to appear to be consumable products such as baby food or beverages,” Hahn said. “These products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product.”

Additionally, sanitizer scents like raspberry and chocolate pose a threat to children who may ingest the concoctions.

“It’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizer which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poising,’ Hahn said.

A list of hand sanitizer the FDA is warning consumers not to use can be found on their website right here.

For the full FDA press release click here.

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