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Toxic Hand Sanitizers Are Sold in Mexico After U.S. Ban

  • Methanol in hand sanitizers killed four in U.S. this year
  • Manufacturers recalled product in U.S. -- but not Mexico
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Deadly hand sanitizers that were banned in the U.S. are still circulating widely in Mexico, raising concerns among health experts that scores of people slathering the gel on may be slowly poisoning themselves.

Four people died in the U.S. and three people partially lost their eyesight this year after drinking the sanitizers, prompting a testing campaign by the Food and Drug Administration that found methanol in Mexican imports. Thirty-seven Mexican companies were banned from exporting their hand sanitizers to the U.S., with nearly half of them voluntarily recalling their product -- but only in the U.S.