- 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.