Covid-19 swabs sterilised by ethylene oxide

Michael Marshn made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care

As it is clear by the packaging of lateral flow tests and it has also been confirmed in a previous FOI request to Innova where they have confirmed that the covid-19 swabs are sterilised by ethylene oxide, and I am concerned with safety issues with the toxicity of this whilst swabbing an individuals throat and nose, where ethylene oxide can enter the body.

What information as to what, if any, independent tests have been carried out to check for any residues of ethylene oxide on a random sample of swabs;

What information so to what, if any, assessments have been conducted to ensure that the invasive use of these swabs on people.

What evidence, data or tests have been conducted or is held for the long term data to as if ethylene oxide is safe for human consumption and to as if this potential carcinogenicity from ethylene oxide.

Yours faithfully,

Michael

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Dear Mr Marshn,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1332368).

Yours sincerely, 

Dorothy Crowe
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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