The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines warned consumers last Wednesday against hand sanitizers and alcohol products that might not be registered or contain dangerous substances such as methanol.
FDA Director General Eric Domingo said, “Many of our people now carry alcohol or hand sanitizing gel and these are good alternatives to washing your hands. But you also need to make sure that the content is safe and you are using it correctly.”
Domingo said rubbing alcohol should be made up of 50% ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol while hand sanitizing gel should have 60% of those.
He added, “It is quite worrying that we have been confiscating a lot of products containing methanol. Methanol might be familiar to you because this is the substance that causes blindness or death if taken with alcoholic drinks.”
The FDA official said methanol is also harmful to the skin because the substance can result in irritation.