Some sanitizers made amid pandemic shortages had cancer-causing chemicals

  • Some sanitizers made amid pandemic shortages had cancer-causing chemicals

    Posted by Nigel Brown on 25 March 2021 at 11:37 am

    At least 44 hand sanitizers made amid pandemic shortages have high levels of cancer-causing chemical benzene which is considered as dangerous as ASBESTOS.

    Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the pandemic to help meet the demand, contain igh levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds.

    Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer.

    The product is considered as dangerous as asbestos and several companies had levels up to eight times that the limit recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    ‘The presence of benzene, a known human carcinogen, and multiple other contaminants, in products widely recommended for the prevention of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 and regularly used by adults and children in large volumes makes these findings especially troubling,’ Valisure wrote in a letter to the FDA.

    Valisure, an online pharmacy based in New Haven, Connecticut, tested 260 hand sanitizer bottles from 168 brands and found benzene in several bottles including from company artsnatural, which has eight times more than the recommended limit.

    Being exposed to high levels of benzene can cause cells to not works correctly such as causing one marrow not to produce enough red blood cells or damaging the immune system to lose white blood cells, according to the CDC.

    The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified benzene as a carcinogen, putting it in the highest risk category, Group 1, with other chemicals such as asbestos.

    Benzene has also been linked to blood cancers such as leukemia.

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