The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alerted all central and state law enforcement agencies to stay alert against highly toxic methanol-based hand sanitizers.

According to the central investigating agency these methanol-based hand sanitizers ‘can be dangerous to the human body’.

Due to the growing demand for hand sanitizers amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country, CBI fears few companies may start producing counterfeit hand sanitizers using methanol.

The CBI expressed concern after receiving relevant inputs from the Interpol, according to reports.

According to the alert issued, the Interpol has found instances in some countries where cases of use of methanol in spurious hand sanitizers have been reported.

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