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March 25, 2021

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

When the pandemic was beginning, I remember some news articles covering the information that certain types of hand sanitizers contained methanol, a proven carcinogen. Well, there’s now new information that another carcinogenic substance, benzene, has been found in a large number of hand sanitizers. Some of them have been traced to sellers including Amazon and Target, and popped up to help fill the gap when hand sanitizer was sold out all over.

We all know that using hand sanitizer can be very important, but we certainly want to make sure we’re limiting exposure to cancer-causing substances. Please take the time to read this article and make sure that you don’t have any of these brands of sanitizers. If you do, please consider this new information before you continue using them!

Also—with next Tuesday being the fifth Tuesday of the month, our normal Tuesday afternoon King County Council meeting has been cancelled. We’ll resume our normal meetings on Tuesday, April 6th.

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov. 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.