Health Canada ‘reviewing’ U.S. lab’s findings of benzene in acne products – GLOBAL

March 11, 2024

Less than a week after a U.S. lab said it detected benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, in several popular over-the-counter acne products, Health Canada said it is reviewing the findings.

On March 6, Valisure, an independent lab, reported that benzene can form at high levels in benzoyl peroxide products (used to treat acne) and that it found it in products from the brands it tested.

In an email to Global News on Monday, a Health Canada spokesperson said the department “has been made aware of the test results from Valisure, the U.S. laboratory. Health Canada is presently reviewing the findings.”

“Should it be determined that Benzoyl Peroxide-containing products that are currently marketed in Canada are implicated, the department will take immediate and appropriate action to inform Canadians on how to mitigate the risk.”

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