Calls for a ban on latex gloves in the US

The US consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has called for a ban on latex gloves to protect people from reactions ranging from mild rashes, to death, depending on the severity of their sensitivity. Dr Michael Carome, deputy director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, explained that the small particles in natural rubber attach to the corn starch powder used to ease the gloves on and off, and become airborne.

Many health professionals and patients have been adversely affected by latex, and safe, latex-free alternatives are now available, though they have not yet been made mandatory in hospitals. The Food and Drug Administration spokesperson said the Public Citizen’s petition would be reviewed and answered to in 180 days. The petition calls for a ban on the use of corn starch as well as the use of natural rubber.

Source: Public Citizen

First published in April 2011


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