Nader, Ralph
January 1973
New Republic;1/27/73, Vol. 168 Issue 4, p14
Discusses the hazards associated with the use of brightening compounds and other chemicals in toiletry products and plastics. Potential of the chemicals to the lead to cancer; Citations of the studies highlighting the hazards of chemicals; Overview on the initiative of the U.S. government to protect the health and safety of the consumers; Fact that brighteners make things whiter by transforming invisible ultraviolet light into visible light; Information on a report issued by the a Danish researcher on skin rashes contracted by consumers exposed to detergents containing brighteners; Description of experiments conducted by the Royal Agricultural College of Sweden at Uppsala, with brighteners which caused petite mutations in microorganisms.


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