According to the FSAI, Ethylene Oxide is classified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a mutagen, carcinogen and a toxic substance that causes infertility.
1. What is Ethylene Oxide?
According to Wikipedia, Ethylene Oxide is also known as oxiran or epoxide. This is an organic compound in the form of a gas, this substance is colorless and flammable, in chemistry Ethylene Oxide has the formula C2H4O.
In the European Union, this substance is banned for use in food and is classified as a pesticide by health experts.
2. How dangerous is Ethylene Oxide in food?
In the production of ethylene glycol antifreeze or the production of detergents, solvents, drugs, adhesives, etc., Ethylene Oxide is used as a chemical intermediate.
In addition, C2H4O is also used to disinfect with high efficiency thanks to its high ability to destroy DNA, but it is also the cause of human cancer if regularly exposed. In many countries Ethylene Oxide is used extensively in agriculture, specifically to kill insects.
According to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland – FSAI for short, when consuming products containing Ethylene Oxide regularly, although it does not immediately put the body in danger, it can cause cancer in the long run.
Specifically, the agency said that when exposed or used regularly, this substance will cause the structure of protein and DNA macromolecules to be disturbed and thereby create a substance that causes cancer in the body.
According to the FSAI, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has classified Ethylene Oxide as a mutagen, a health hazard and a carcinogen, causing infertility.
With regard to this substance, the Council of Europe has also provided for regulation in Reg. 1223/2009/EC that this is a gaseous substance, belonging to group 1B – that is, a group capable of causing cancer, mutations, rendering humans infertile and group 3 for acute toxicity.
Among them, the most commonly reported cancers related to Ethylene Oxide through occupational exposure are lymphoma and leukemia. In addition, when exposed to a lot of Ethylene Oxide, people can also face stomach cancer and breast cancer.
For a long time, cancer and the substances that can cause cancer have been studied. But most researchers only focus on clinical factors, forgetting the “environmental toxicology” aspect. A specific example is that in Europe since the beginning of 2020, there have been more than 500 reports of contamination and toxicity from Ethylene Oxide in food.
These reports have clearly stated the abuse of chemicals, especially preservatives in food, pesticides such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides… used in daily life. How is it harmful to the body every day?
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