According to reports, Canadian health officials have issued warnings about masks containing graphene or biographene, urging distributors to recall.
Health Canada stated that graphene is a new type of nanomaterial that is reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties.
However, Global News reported that the announcement issued a warning on Friday that “the wearer may inhale graphene particles from certain masks.”
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Preliminary evaluation found that these particles have “some potential ability to cause early pulmonary toxicity in animals.”
However, the human potential is unclear and may “differ according to the mask design.”
No incidents have been reported, but this has not stopped Health Canada from recommending all known distributors, importers and manufacturers to stop selling graphene-containing masks.
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The agency said that some of the masks may have been distributed to medical institutions.
CTV News reported that although the full potential health hazards are not yet known, the agency stated that the risks associated with medical equipment are “unacceptable.”
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Health Canada stated: “Unless the manufacturers of these masks can provide sufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of graphene-coated masks, Health Canada considers the risks of these medical devices to be unacceptable.”
Health Canada is continuing to study the data and ask manufacturers to provide more information to better assess health risks.