Warnings Over Masks That Contain Graphene

Warnings Over Masks That Contain Graphene

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Health Authority warns about masks that contain graphene.

THIS Wednesday, the Professional Union of the Ertzaintza (SiPE) has requested the immediate withdrawal of the FFP2 masks because of the pulmonary risks due to graphene being found present.

This Thursday, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) has requested the voluntary removal of the marketing of the masks that contain graphene due to the publication of the Canadian health authorities about their health risks.

An investigation has begun by the AEMPS into the risk present when inhaling these nanoparticles because of pulmonary toxicity and has found that the type IIR surgical masks with graphene are being marketed in Spain.

After Canada raised the alarm over the masks, autonomous communities of the Basque Country and Castilla y Leon ordered the precautionary removal of masks made with this material. Following this, Madrid City Council then requested the withdrawal of the masks after they had been administered to municipal staff.

The specific mask models are the FFP2 Healfiber mask manufactured by Shandong Shengquan and distributed by Iturri SA. Also the IIR surgical mask from the same manufacturer and distributed by Amevisa SAU.

The Ministry of Health was asked by the Independent Trade Union and Civil Service Centre (CSIF) to proceed with the immediate removal of the masks that contain graphene, as the component can cause lung damage when breathed in.

It is recommended by health that these masks not be used, and if you have masks containing this compound from a different manufacturer, notify the AEMPS using this email address: pscontrol@aemps.es. To check this, you will need to check the packaging and see if it includes the compound graphene (in English).

Source: 20 Minutos

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