SHOPPERS have been warned against a deadly hand sanitiser found to contain a highly toxic substance.
Trading standards recalled the 'lbcccndc Instant Hand Sanitiser' when they realised it was made up of 37% methanol – a substance banned in the UK.
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The toxic gel, made in China by a company called Guangzhou Sizhu Network Technology Co, was being sold on AliBaba, Ebay and Wish – but has since been removed.
It was also found to have insufficient levels of ethanol for killing germs like the Covid-19 virus.
If ingested, methanol can cause a host of nasty side effects.
'BLINDNESS & DEATH'
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said: "Methanol's toxicity is due to its metabolic products.
"The by-products of methanol metabolism cause an accumulation of acid in the blood (metabolic acidosis), blindness, and death," the Mail Online reports.
The ingredient is also on the UK's list of banned ingredients for hand sanitisers, and has been call "unacceptable" by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA said: "Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitisers and must not be used due to its toxic effects.
It's really worrying that hand sanitisers that at best fail to protect and at worst could cause serious harm to someone's health continue to be found readily available on online marketplaces.
"FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitisers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available."
Meanwhile, another gel brand, ‘Yucky Hands', has also been recalled.
The product only contained an alcohol volume of 42.3%, which is not considered enough to properly kill germs.
Natalie Hitchins, Head of Home Products and Services at Which?, said: "It's really worrying that hand sanitisers that at best fail to protect and at worst could cause serious harm to someone's health continue to be found readily available on online marketplaces.
"While it's positive that these hand sanitiser products have been recalled, this raises further question marks over the checks and monitoring carried out by online marketplaces.
"They must be given greater legal responsibility for the safety of products sold on their sites so that customers are better protected."
According to the World Health Organisation, in order for a hand sanitiser to be effective, it should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Which? advises UK consumers to check alcohol-based hand sanitiser labels for the presence of one or more alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol, or a combination of the two.
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