Capitalism’s Contract

September 6th, 2006

To the Editor,

I have trouble breathing in the vicinity of cooking flavored popcorn but diacetyl is not listed as an ingredient on the label. If it were, I and fellow asthmatics might have learned early on about potential problems connected with this chemical at smaller exposure levels than plant workers experience. I also have severe breathing problems around dryer sheets like Bounce but cannot get the company to tell me what is in the product. The package offers euphemistic terms like “fragrance,” concealing the presence of chemical ingredients. How are we to know which ones might have adverse effects in isolation or in combination with one other?

Capitalism is a contract between vendor and buyer. If the terms of the contract are not revealed to all with full label disclosure (as required in Europe), we are completely dependent upon the protection of regulatory agencies. Is that working for you?

Barbara Rubin

Categories: Letters

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