Clinico-pathological profile of Ethylene dibromide
In the 1980' s, mangoes imported to the United States from the Caribbean were treated with ethylene dibromide
- EDB - to stop hitch-hiking pests like fruit flies.
Based on the average residues found in foods to which the chemical is routinely applied, and on the proportion of the average American diet that these foods comprise, EPA estimates that a 70-year exposure might yield a 1 in 1,000 risk of contracting cancer--roughly the same order of magnitude, Lapsley says, as the risk his agency came up with for ethylene dibromide
(EDB), banned last year (SN: 3/10/84, p.
It's still too early to tell if the EDB (ethylene dibromide
) cancer scare earlier this year will drastically alter the baking needs sales picture for 1984.
Previously, growers used the fumigant ethylene dibromide
(EDB) to kill fly larvae in fruit, but the U.S.
(EDB), the toxic chemical banned last year from most agricultural uses (SN: 3/10/84, p.
Ten pollutants exceeded health benchmark values at one or more sites by modeling, monitoring, or both (including acrolein, arsenic, benzene, 1,3-butadiene, carbon tetrachloride, chromium, chloroform, ethylene dibromide
, formaldehyde, and nickel).