I would like to find somewhere a reference for people who want to
understand what all the artificial and chemical additives are -
not only by name (and code number if applicable) but also its
purpose and its possible side-effects (for example, if used too
much or in the wrong way) - and also whether it must not be used
in certain situations.
You would think that in this day and age, with so many chemical
companies adding things to our home cleaners and, especially, our
personal products (toiletries, cosmetics, paper products etc)
that there would be *some* encyclopedic reference somewhere!
Anyone heard of such a thing?
My favorites are
NOISH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
U.S Department of Health and Human Services,
published by CDC (Centers of Disease Control)
For more specifics about chemicals and their properties I prefer
The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics,
published by The Chemical Rubber Company
This book contains a wealth of information and some unusual non-food
Sorry about the transposed letters. Yes, the National Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This document is in the
public domain and can be freely copied or printed as desired.
On Sun, 13 Jun 2004 16:14:51 -0400, Michael A. Ball
How bout the MSDS aka Material Safety Data Sheets. My understanding
is every store is required by law to carry these MSDS for each item
they sell with chemicals in it. But I bet if you ask for it, maybe
only the store manager will know what you are talking about.
I don't believe MSDS will come close to providing the details the OP
wants, but here are three sites that explain how to interpret MSDS, and
one MSDS data base site.
When I die, I want to go where dogs go!
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