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Health Canada recalls face-masks with graphene due to health risks

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April 05, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Anyone using face masks with labels saying they contain graphene or biomass graphene is being asked by Health Canada to stop wearing them immediately.

“Consult your health care provider if you have used graphene face masks and have health concerns, such as new or unexplained shortness of breath, discomfort or difficulty breathing,” a Health Canada news release states.

Graphene is a novel nanomaterial (materials made of tiny particles), the release states. They are sold with COVID-19 claims and are said to have antiviral and antibacterial properties and have been used by adults and children in schools, daycares and, possibly, in health care settings.

Distributors and stores are directed to no longer sell the masks and to recall those that have been sold.

“Health Canada’s preliminary assessment of available research identified that inhaled graphene particles had some potential to cause early lung toxicity in animals,” the news release states. “However, the potential for people to inhale graphene particles from face masks and the related health risks are not yet known, and may vary based on mask design.

“The health risk to people of any age is not clear. Variables, such as the amount and duration of exposure, and the type and characteristics of the graphene material used, all affect the potential to inhale particles and the associated health risks. Health Canada has requested data from mask manufacturers to assess the potential health risks related to their masks that contain graphene.”

Until a thorough scientific assessment is made, Health Canada has ordered the products to be removed from the market.

People are asked to report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.

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