Canada Sperm Banks
Closed Amid Safety Concerns
TORONTO - Three Ontario sperm banks have reportedly been shut down after Health Canada investigators discovered they may not have been testing samples for certain diseases or keeping proper records.
Government to probe testing procedures Under regulations enacted three years ago, Canadian sperm banks must screen donations. CTV reported that all sperm at the three clinics has been quarantined pending the government's investigation to see if tests for HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases were performed or if adequate records were kept.
The three clinics shut down are Gamete Services in Toronto, Gamete Biology Laboratories in Hamilton and the C.A.R.E. Centre in Mississauga, west of Toronto.
Ottawa has promised tough new legislation on several high-tech reproductive technologies in the fall.