The US has put all alcohol-based hand sanitisers made in Mexico on a watch list, according to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, announced this in a statement to journalists in Abuja on Monday, according to NAN.
According to Adeyeye, the change was necessary to help prevent product falsification.
She went on to say that the goods would be placed on the US watch list before the agency could certify their protection.
“The USFDA had noticed a high increase in hand sanitiser products from Mexico that were labelled to contain ethanol but tested positive for methanol contamination.”
“Methanol is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested.”
“It is also not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitiser or other drugs.”
“Under the import alert, alcohol-based hand sanitisers from Mexico are subject to heightened FDA scrutiny,” she said.