Can I get Cancer from Cosmetics, Lip Balm, or Chocolate? Contamination with Mineral Oil: Here are two important articles describing how recent research in Germany has uncovered the presence of some very unpleasant chemicals in products we eat and place on our faces. Having spent most of my career running chemical businesses I am very much aware of the almost obsessive amount of attention we paid to avoiding contamination of our products either in the manufacturing process or during storage and transportation. All of the principles described on my RiskTuition.com site were applied to identifying the risks of contamination and then dealing with them.
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It was therefore with some concern that I recently discovered that there are cases in the cosmetics and food processing industries where contamination is clearly taking place. What’s worse was that this contamination was with potential cancer causing chemicals that are derived from mineral oil (the stuff we normally put into our cars). These contaminants are actually a mixture of very unhealthy chemicals known as Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAHs) which are considered to be potentially carcinogenic.
I have written two articles explaining more about how this contamination was uncovered by well respected independent German authorities and describing more about these cancer causing agents and the products they were found in. The articles also highlight the names of some very well known cosmetics and chocolate products which were published by the researchers (International brands). I think there are some areas in these cosmetics and food processing industries where the management needs to take a look at its own Risk Tuition process and overhaul those parts of the system which are clearly not working effectively.
To read the articles just click on the links below which will take you to the reports on my personal website at ChrisDuggleby.com. Here are the two links:
German Concern about Potentially Carcinogenic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Cosmetics
Health Risk – Potential Carcinogens Found in Advent Calendar Chocolates – German Investigation
Take care with what you or your loved ones apply to your face or place in your mouth.
…and here are some other serious risk related reports…
25th October 2015: Health Risks: Food allergy prevention – Latest research ‘feed infants early with allergenic food‘
17th October 2015: Health Risk: Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help cancer cells become malignant – latest research from Texas
26th July 2015 Poison in your Washing Machine: Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Laundry Detergents, Softeners, Conditioners and Whiteners
11th May 2014: Product Development Risk: New Air Conditioning Coolant Gas Produces Carbonyl Difluoride (Highly Toxic – Related to WW1 Gas Phosgene) in Vehicle Fires
16th April 2014: Ethical Pricing: Same Drug – For Leukaemia 21 Euro (Now Withdrawn) – For Multiple Sclerosis 888 Euro
6th April 2014: Product Quality Risk: Shoes Sold On-line By Zalando Recalled Due To Chromium 6 Contamination – Known Allergen And Carcinogen
29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine– The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen
You can also find some more light-hearted reports in the Alpine Press section of my personal site using the link here.