Some Hand Sanitizers Have High Levels Of Cancer-causing Chem
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Some hand sanitizers that popped up during the coronavirus pandemic to help meet the demand, contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical, a new analysis finds. Valisure, an online pharmacy, said it has detected benzene in several batches across multiple brands of hand sanitizer.

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.

For its analysis, Valisure sampled 260 bottles from 168 brands sold at various big box stores, supermarkets pharmacies and online retailers across the country. Of the liquid and non-liquid products tested, 44 batches or 17 percent, had detectable levels of benzene. A total of 21 bottles, or eight percent of the supply, contained levels of benzene above two parts per million.

An eight-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer made by company artnaturals had the highest level of benzene at 16 parts per million. All of the products with the highest levels of benzene began selling their products in either April or May 2020, according to FDA records, when mainstays were disappearing off of shelves.

Valisure believes some of the sanitizers may have become contaminated with benzene because the chemical is sometimes used in alcohol purification, although it is supposed to be removed before the hand sanitizer is packaged.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9399127/Some-hand-sanitizers-COVID-pandemic-high-levels-benzene.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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