The FDA has banned 77 hand sanitizer products. The bans are because the products contain levels of methanol (wood alcohol) that are potentially unsafe. Methanol is a coproduct of ethanol production and can be removed to insignificant levels with proper refining. However, pure fully refined (food grade ethanol) is costly and, recently, in short supply. As such, many hand sanitizer producers have opted use the cheaper and readily available fuel grade ethanol in their formulations. Fuel grade ethanol is less refined than food grade and has a higher methanol content. To avoid unsafe levels of methanol, use hand sanitizers made with food grade ethanol.