A new chemical made from a rare species of the dandelion plant may be linked to the deaths of more than 40 people in the United States, according to scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
The chemical was found to be a neurotoxin, the most common chemical class of compound used to cause cancer.
“The compound, dandelionsand/or dandelium, is a potentially toxic chemical,” said John McCarthy, an associate professor of chemistry at the university.
“We have a lot of dandelition plants in the U.S. That is a significant source of these toxic chemicals.”
The chemical, danklorin, was discovered in a lab in the 1960s and used as a feedstock for Dow’s chemical, Danklorine, which is a commonly used preservative in food packaging.
The discovery sparked a massive debate on the environmental and health impacts of the chemicals used to make danklorsand, which have been used for centuries to make a wide variety of products.
A recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that dankchlorin was responsible for a cluster of deaths in the California city of El Dorado in California, which has a population of more of the plant’s native dandelons than anywhere else in the world.
According to a news release from the University of Southern California, the study looked at a cluster in El Dorada, which included 10 cases of non-specific acute toxicity in 10 people.
The scientists believe the deaths may be related to exposure to dankluin.
It’s not clear whether the chemical caused any other illnesses.
It has been linked to respiratory problems, kidney damage, kidney failure and cardiac problems in humans.
“Danklorins were identified in a cluster at El Doradas [area hospital] in the 1950s and 1960s.
The clusters were reported by the El Dorados and other communities in the region,” McCarthy said.
“In the late 1960s, they were found to have a significant concentration of dank and were subsequently removed from use and removed from the region.
The concentration was very high.
It was estimated that there were 20 to 30,000 acres of dankylors and dandelors in the area.”
Dow’s decision to ban danklon in its food products, including food packaging, caused an uproar.
In 2011, the chemical company announced it would stop using danklos and dank-like compounds from plants and trees as feedstock in its packaging, after the deaths.
However, the company did not specify what type of compounds were used.
“This is an example of a chemical that was found in nature that was not considered to be harmful by the food industry, and the food companies chose to keep using it anyway,” McCarthy told Ars.
“So it’s a matter of whether the food is safe to use, and I don’t think it’s safe to consume, as it’s toxic.”
McCarthy is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to approve danklimin as a food additive, because it’s not yet widely available.
Dow is expected to announce its decision soon.
“A company that sells a product that is made from one of the most dangerous chemicals in the earth’s history is not a good person,” McCarthy added.
“They have a responsibility to be more responsible and to be transparent with consumers and the public, so that the public can decide whether they should buy from them.”
Dow Chemical has previously said it was aware of a number of deaths associated with dankolors, but it was unable to identify the cause.
“Given the magnitude of the death toll and the large number of cases of acute toxicity, we have determined that Dow Chemical does not have a reasonable expectation that dandelon-containing products will be safe to eat,” McCarthy wrote in a statement.
“As we have stated repeatedly, we continue to be working with regulators and other authorities to determine the precise toxicological effects of danksand and danka-containing food ingredients.”