Canadian health officials have reportedly warned against face masks containing graphs or biographers and called for a recall by dealers.
According to Health Canada, graphene is a novel nanomaterial that is reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
However, the advisory issued on Friday warns that “there is potential for carriers to inhale graphene particles from some masks,” Global News reported.
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A preliminary assessment indicated that these particles “have some potential to cause early lung toxicity in animals”.
However, the potential for humans is unknown and can “vary depending on the mask design”.
FILE – In this file photo dated March 31, 2021, Wyandotte County High School students wear the first day of face-to-face study at the school in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel) masks when walking down a hallway, file)
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No incidents have been reported yet, but that hasn’t stopped Health Canada from notifying all known distributors, importers and manufacturers that they are no longer selling graphene-containing masks.
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Some of these masks could have been distributed in the health service, the agency said.
While the full potential health hazard is not clear, the agency said the risks associated with the medical devices are “unacceptable,” CTV News reported.
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“Unless the manufacturers of these masks can provide substantive evidence to support the safe and effective use of graphene-coated masks, Health Canada deems the risk from these medical devices to be unacceptable,” said Health Canada.
Health Canada continues to investigate and request more information from manufacturers to better assess the health risks.