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Health Canada has issued a warning about face masks labelled as containing graphene. The federal agency says there is a danger people wearing the masks could inhale graphene particles which may pose a health risk.

The agency says it has done a preliminary assessment of available research and found inhaled graphene particles had some potential to cause early lung issues in animals. Health Canada says it has requested date from mask manufacturers to assess the potential health risks related to their masks containing graphene. Until an indepth review is completed – the agency has directed all known manufacturers and distributors of the masks to stop selling them and recall the affected products.

Health Canada says the masks have been sold with COVID-19 claims and used by adults and children in schools and daycares. They may also have been distributed for use in health care settings. It has advised the provinces and territories to stop distribution and use of masks containing graphene. More information on the advisory and recall can be found here.

Meantime – Health Canada has added two more hand sanitizers to a list of sanitizers that aren’t properly labelled and missing important information – found to contain dangerous additives – or not authorized for sale in this country. The two are Gigi’s Goodbye Germs Hand Sanitizer and Preference Pre-Quat Sanitizer. You should stop using these products immediately and return to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. A complete background and list of dangerous hand sanitizer products can be found here.