CBS News Reports that a New Study Discovered a Carcinogen in Many Brands of Hand Sanitizer
WASHINGTON, DC – A news report on cbsnews.com states that an independent study is warning that some hand sanitizer products may have unsafe levels of Benzene. Benzene is a carcinogen, and exposure to Benzene can cause blood disorders, such as leukemia. Valisure, an independent lab, and pharmacy that tests drug products’ quality and safety, states that they discovered high-levels of Benzene in 20 different brands of hand sanitizer.
According to the news report, the leading hand sanitizer brand, Purell, and several others did not have detectable levels of Benzene. However, Valisure has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate and recall the hand sanitizer products found to contain Benzene.
The report states that during the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration relaxed quality standards on Benzene levels in liquid hand sanitizers. According to Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the FDA permitted Benzene concentrations up to two parts per million.
The relaxed rules were part of an effort to increase the supply and availability of hand sanitizers.
Valisure examined hundreds of hand sanitizer products for Benzene. According to Valisure, twenty-one hand sanitizer products from 15 different brands tested above the FDA’s interim Benzene limit. The top three were found to have six to eight times higher than allowed.
The CBS News researchers discovered many of the products are currently available on Amazon.com.
According to the news report, the longer a customer uses the product, the greater the risk. The FDA stated that they are reviewing Valisure’s request and they will continue to test hand sanitizer products.
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