Cancer-Causing Chemical Found In Some Hand Sanitizers


Americans have used a lot of hand sanitizer over the last year - but experts are warning that some types may be linked to cancer.

A recent study by Valisure, an independent lab and pharmacy that tests drug products for quality, found elevated levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene in 21 out of the 260 hand sanitizer brands included in the study. “Honestly, I was shocked,” Valisure CEO David Light via CBS News. “It might very well be the most well-known… compound that is dangerous to humans.”

Many brands including Purell, the largest maker of hand sanitizer, contained no benzene. The lab behind the study plan to lobby the FDA to recall the benzene-heavy products. They are currently reviewing the petition.

To see the full list of sanitizers with this chemical, thanks to CBS News, CLICK HERE.

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