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 Chemical Review

Toluene

Also listed as BENZENE, METHYL-; METHYLBENZENE; TOLUOL; METHYL- BENZENE; BENZENE, METHYL

In this edition of the NSA Newsletter, you may have noticed we are addressing food as well as skincare issues. This edition's Chemical Review focuses on Toluene, a chemical which is found in skincare, and just as alarmingly, is reported to be detectable in foods treated with irradiation.

This chemical is described as a solvent and is typically used in industry to dissolve paints, paint thinners and sealants and can also be used as an adhesive. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toluene) It can be found in nail polish remover, dyes and even medicines.

The introduction of food irradiation maybe also be a source of Toluene ingestion for consumers. There is certainly many arguments regarding food irradiation, however even the possibility of foods containing this toxic chemical is concerning.

It has been reported that the chemical changes food undergoes while being subjected to radiation is having the molecular structure ripped apart with carcinogens appearing in the finished product such as toluene

This is a hazardous chemical and risks can include brain and other organ toxicity, allergic reactions and irritation to the skin and eyes. It has also been linked to cancer and nervous system damage (http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=30). This chemical must be avoided due to its danger to your health.