My younger siblings and my children know that I’m a broken record about some things – starting back in the 60’s and 70’s with warnings about bad stuff that might be in the snow they loved to eat 🙂 … and then there were the cautions (!) about microwaving plastic plate and “glasses,” baby bottles, etc., and also, those awful stryo cups. I’m constantly vindicated, but almost wish I weren’t.
“Styrene, which is used to make coffee cups and food
containers, among other products, are now considered to be
“reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen, according to
the National Toxicology Program. Formaldehyde, in addition to
being used as a preservative in medical laboratories, is widely
used to make resins for household items, such as composite wood
products, paper product coatings and plastics. It is also in some
consumer products, such as hair-straighteners. Aristolochic
acids, which is a family of acids that occur naturally in some
plants, are found in some herbal remedies used to treat a variety
of conditions, including arthritis, gout and inflammation.
Styrene is a synthetic chemical used to make products such as
rubber, plastic, insulation, pipes, car parts and carpet backing.
Captafol, a fungicide used to control fungal diseases in fruits,
vegetables, plants and grasses, has been banned in the United
States since 1999. Inhalable glass-wool fibers are found in home
and building insulation. O-nitrotoluene is used to make dyes for
fabrics, leather and paper as well as agricultural chemicals,
rubber chemicals, pesticides and explosives. Riddelliine, which
is also found in some herbal medicines, including teas has been
found to cause cancer in rats and mice.”
taken from an article by Rob Stein, Washington Post, 11 Jun 11
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