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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in These Popular Hand Sanitizers

A new report alleges certain hand sanitizers allowed during COVID-19 are carcinogenic.
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

In the rush to supply the demand for hand sanitizers during the coronavirus pandemic, certain manufacturers have done so using harmful ingredients. In fact, the FDA had to issue warnings regarding ones that included "potentially dangerous or subpotent ingredients." Now, a new, independent study alleges that some hand sanitizers contain cancer-causing ingredients. Read on to discover which ones—and to ensure your health and the health of others, remember: These People "Should Not" Get COVID Vaccine, Says Vaccine Maker

The Testing Company Found High Levels of Benzene in Hand Sanitizers

The online pharmacy and product testing company Valisure analyzed 168 hand sanitizer brands."Valisure has tested and detected high levels of benzene and other contaminants in specific batches of hand sanitizer products containing active pharmaceutical ingredients of ethanol and isopropanol," says their report. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ('CDC') states that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans."

17% of samples had benzene and 8% of them had more benzene than allowed by the FDA, Bloomberg reported.

And the CDC isn't the only one warning about this ingredient. "The World Health Organization ('WHO') and the International Agency for Research on Cancer ('IARC') have classified benzene as a Group 1 compound thereby defining it as 'carcinogenic to humans,'" say the authors. "FDA currently recognizes the high danger of this compound and lists it as a 'Class 1 solvent"' that "should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicity." 

The report notes that the chemical was allowed in recent times. "However," they note, "due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, FDA has issued guidance that allows interim limits of benzene in aqueous solution ('liquid') hand sanitizer products not to exceed 2 parts per million ('ppm'). They note that this enforcement discretion "does not extend to gel or non-liquid hand sanitizer products, and accordingly this suggests that for these products there is no acceptable level of benzene, since these are drug products that do not require benzene for their manufacture and do not constitute a significant therapeutic advance."

They conclude: "Valisure found hand sanitizer products that contain levels of benzene that significantly exceed the 2 ppm interim FDA restriction in both liquid and non-liquid formulation and detectable levels of benzene in many other hand sanitizer products."

RELATED: Doctors Say "DO NOT" Do This After Your COVID Vaccine.

Here are the Brands Identified in the Report From Valisure:

  • Artnaturals
  • Scentsational Soaps & Candles Inc.
  • Huangjisoo
  • TrueWash
  • The Crème Shop
  • Star Wars Mandalorian
  • Body Prescriptions
  • Beauty Concepts
  • PureLogic
  • Miami CarryOn
  • Natural Wunderz
  • clean-protect-sanitize
  • Puretize
  • Hand Clean 100

This isn't the first warning this year. As recently as January 2021, the FDA "placed all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert to help stop products that appear to be in violation."

Before buying these products, think twice, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek
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