Re:formaldehyde escalating etc.
Sun, 6 Aug 1995 18:36:04 +1000
>In any event, Roman & company are certainly right about the effects of
>these materials cumulatively, insidiously, ultimately. I only felt (&
>still feel) we have to keep a sense of proportion -- our world is full of
>carcinogens, the very sheets we sleep in have been hardened in
>formaldehude. We also have to live somehow. Here's the message on the
>container of gum arabic I opened tonight:
>(That's gum arabic, as in gum drops....)
>Do not take internally. Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Do not inhale
>dust. Wash thoroughly after handling. Use with adequate ventilation.
>Keep container tightly closed. Store in a cool dry place. For laboratory
>use only. Not for drug, food, or household use. Keep out of reach of
>End of quote.
it is a good example, how companies will protect their bums against some
clever lawyers and theirs clients. Of course it is an utter nonsense-gum
arabic is widely used in a pharmaceutical and a food industry. Sometimes you
can buy it in a form that is easy to produce dust. If you sell gum for a
specific purpose, it must have certain properties, be enough pure etc, while
for laboratory use all that is less restrictive. In book on toxic chemicals
you can find water and air. It is matter, how do you use it. Of course, we
need more common sense, but we should not disregard obviously toxic stuff
like formaline. It is true, our environment is full of many nasties, but
should we voluntarily add even more?
Roman Kielich, Lane Cove, Australia, ph. 61-2-418-6971
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