Poison Control Issues Warning Over Hand Sanitizer Packaged Like Food
Poison Control officials are warning parents about hand sanitizer that could easily be mistaken for child and baby food.
The hand sanitizer is packaged in pouches, which might look familiar to parents -- usually this style of pouch holds squeezable applesauce, or baby food.
WIVB reports the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information put out the warning, with its director saying:
“They have a very similar appearance to an applesauce or one of the snack pouches that a child would use,” said Scott Schaeffer.
The main ingredient in hand sanitizer is alcohol.
“The alcohol that’s in these products is a very high concentration. Think whiskey or even stronger than that, so a very small amount can have a very great impact on a small child,” said Schaeffer.
Poison control recommends keeping all hand sanitizers away from small children, and to call poison control right away if a child has ingested hand sanitizer.
Based on a similar report from Health Canada, it appears the pouches are available outside the United States as well.