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Study finds high levels of carcinogen in several hand sanitizer brands - Benzene

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  • Study finds high levels of carcinogen in several hand sanitizer brands - Benzene

    Published 5 hours ago
    By Kelly Taylor Hayes and Austin Williams

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - An independent study found that some widely available hand sanitizers in the U.S. — which were rapidly produced in an effort to prevent infection amid the COVID-19 pandemic — contain high levels of a chemical known to cause cancer.

    Out of 260 hand sanitizer products tested, 44 batches (17%) contained benzene, according to Valisure, an online pharmacy that tests medications and supplements for safety and consistency.

    In an open letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Valisure urges the agency to immediately recall batches of hand sanitizer they say have been contaminated with the harmful chemical. The online pharmacy said it is also urging U.S. regulators to further investigate batches of hand sanitizer it says are inconsistent with FDA guidance.

    Benzene is a known human carcinogen, linked to leukemia and other cancers of blood cells. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, notes that that benzene exposure has been linked with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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    Valisure provides a list of every batch of hand sanitizer tested in its analysis.

    March 24, 2021

    Re: Valisure Citizen Petition on Hand Sanitizer Products Containing Benzene Contamination and Other Significant Issues