During the inspection of medical products on the market in the U.S. found that the composition of some means of hand sanitizers contains benzene, which can cause cancer. It was reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, March 24.
According to its data, benzene was found in the disinfectants that have already entered the market after the main sanitizers disappeared from the market at the height of the pandemic.
Benzene was found to be contained in 17 percent of 260 bottles from 168 brands tested. Twenty-one bottles were found to have the highest concentration of the substance.
Most of the disinfectants with high benzene content originated from China or the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) Division of Cancer Research classifies the substance to the riskiest on a par with asbestos.
In November in the U.S., scientists found a substance in furniture that can cause diabetes. Experts at the University of California, Riverside, have concluded that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) used in the manufacture of furniture, upholstery and electronics can become a trigger for diabetes. The experts noted that although studies have not been conducted on humans, but only on pregnant mice, the negative effects of PBDEs on human health have already been scientifically proven.