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Health Canada issues advisory over masks containing graphene, urges recall

CA, 06 Apr 2021
Health Canada issued an advisory and asked distributors to recall face masks that contain graphene or biographene, citing potential inhalation risks.

In an advisory released Friday, the agency said there is a “potential that wearers could inhale graphene particles from some masks, which may pose health risks.”

Health Canada said its “preliminary assessment” found that graphene particles had “some potential to cause early lung toxicity in animals.”

The agency said graphene is a novel nanomaterial — a material made of tiny particles — that is reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

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