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FDA Warns Against Hand Sanitisers That Look Like Drinks

By Dayeeta Das
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FDA Warns Against Hand Sanitisers That Look Like Drinks

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that alcohol-based sanitisers are being packaged and sold in containers that appear like food or drinks.

At a time when health agencies are pushing for better hand hygiene to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, the top health regulator found many hand sanitisers look like beer cans, children's food pouches, water bottles, juice bottles and vodka bottles.

Some of them were being sold with cartoons for children and had added food flavours such as chocolate or raspberry.

Cause Of Confusion

"These products could confuse consumers into accidentally ingesting a potentially deadly product," FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement.

He warned against adding scents with food flavours to hand sanitisers as it would lead to children mistaking it for food and result in alcohol poisoning.


The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has backed use of sanitisers if soap and water are not available, has reported several cases of methanol poisoning, some even fatal, caused by swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

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