Styrene Plates, Cups Found To Cause Cancer

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The only surprise here is that after years of delaying tactics by the plastics and chemical industries, the U.S. Government finally decided to tell its citizens that two very common compounds – styrene and formaldehyde – are carginogens. Rob Stein reports for the Washington Post:

Styrene, which is used to make those ubiquitous white foam coffee cups, food containers and many other products, is probably a human carcinogen, the federal government declared Friday.

The declaration came in the government’s latest update of its official list of known or possible carcinogens. It categorized for­mal­dehyde, a chemical widely used to make many products, and a family of substances found in some herbal remedies as known carcinogens.

Officials stressed that the listings do not mean that any exposure to the substances will cause cancer. Instead, it means that the latest scientific evidence indicates that the agents can cause cancer in some people exposed to enough of the compounds under the right circumstances. Most of the evidence for a cancer risk came from people exposed to relatively high levels in industrial settings.

“A listing . . . does not by itself mean that a substance will cause cancer,” John Bucher, associate director of the National Toxicology Program, which issues the list, said during a briefing for reporters. “Many factors, including the amount and duration of exposure and an individual’s susceptibility to a substance, affect whether a person will develop cancer.”

The listings do not trigger any immediate new restrictions on the substances, but other government agencies may use the information in the future as part of their regulatory decisions, Bucher said. In the meantime, individuals can use the list to make personal choices, he said…

[continues in the Washington Post]

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14 Comments on "Styrene Plates, Cups Found To Cause Cancer"

  1. Thanks for including the explanatory parts about how simple exposure won’t necessarily cause cancer. 

  2. Thanks for including the explanatory parts about how simple exposure won’t necessarily cause cancer. 

  3. Grooveboss | Jun 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm |

    well we use those products thousands of times in our individual life times. its not just simple exposure plus i bet there is concentrated residue that comes in contact with our food just before we ingest it .  so its a big deal

  4. Grooveboss | Jun 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm |

    well we use those products thousands of times in our individual life times. its not just simple exposure plus i bet there is concentrated residue that comes in contact with our food just before we ingest it .  so its a big deal

  5. Anonymous | Jun 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm |

    At a certain point, there has to be an acceptable risk of living. People have to wake up and just accept that yes, some stuff we like causes cancer. Will it change certain habits? Not really, but it’s as the article mentions, people should be informed on what does and doesn’t so they can figure out for themselves what they’re willing to risk. That’s assuming it doesn’t get blown out of proportion for fear tactics.

  6. At a certain point, there has to be an acceptable risk of living. People have to wake up and just accept that yes, some stuff we like causes cancer. Will it change certain habits? Not really, but it’s as the article mentions, people should be informed on what does and doesn’t so they can figure out for themselves what they’re willing to risk. That’s assuming it doesn’t get blown out of proportion for fear tactics.

  7. jackedu317 | Jun 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm |

    if it hasn’t ALREADY occurred to you that Styrofoam is bad for you and the environment… you’re an idiot. we knew it was bad 20 years ago when fast food started replacing card board boxes with that shit.   

  8. jackedu317 | Jun 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm |

    if it hasn’t ALREADY occurred to you that Styrofoam is bad for you and the environment… you’re an idiot. we knew it was bad 20 years ago when fast food started replacing card board boxes with that shit.   

  9. Cancer is bad for you, right? 

  10. Cancer is bad for you, right? 

  11. jackedu317 | Jun 13, 2011 at 8:50 am |

    but good for the economy…

  12. Better shut down Cinnabun right now.  Have a guess on how much styrene is in cinnamon???

  13. Better shut down Cinnabun right now.  Have a guess on how much styrene is in cinnamon???

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