Health Canada has recalled disposable face masks due to the potential of inhaling tiny particles found on the product which could pose health risks.

Canadians have been advised not to wear masks that contain graphene or biomass graphene after Health Canada’s preliminary assessment of available research found that it could cause early lung toxicity in animals if inhaled, according to its advisory.

Related health risks to humans are not yet known however they are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Canadians.

According to Health Canada, Graphene is a novel nanomaterial which have been reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

“Health Canada conducted a preliminary scientific assessment after being made aware that masks containing graphene have been sold with COVID-19 claims and used by adults and children in schools and daycares,” states the advisory.

“Health Canada believes they may also have been distributed for use in health care settings.”

The agency has requested data from mask manufacturers to assess the potential health risks that could be caused in relation to face coverings that contain graphene.

Until then, the masks have been removed from the market across the country while they continue to gather and assess information.

“Health Canada has directed all known distributors, importers and manufacturers to stop selling and to recall the affected products. Additionally, Health Canada has written to provinces and territories advising them to stop distribution and use of masks containing graphene,” stated the advisory.

“The Department will continue to take appropriate action to stop the import and sale of graphene face mask.”

Anyone who has worn a graphene mask and has new or unexplained shortness of breath, discomfort, or difficulty breathing, is asked to consult their healthcare provider.

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