We have a webpage summarizing how our bio-succinic acid enables cost-competitive replacement products for a variety of not-so-friendly materials. That’s putting it mildly. One is phthalic anhydride. Another is maleic anhydride (MAN). The widespread commercial use of these, and the related health concerns associated with each may be viewed here.
You may wish to learn more, however, about one sentence in particular in this overview. The sentence is: Petroleum-derived MAN is often made from benzene, a known carcinogen.
If you have any confusion or uncertainty about the harmful human health effects of exposure to benzene, take a minute to scan the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Facts About Benzene presentation. It includes, for example, this information:
- Long-term health effects of exposure to benzene
- The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.
- Animal studies have shown low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage when pregnant animals breathed benzene.
- The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, cancer of the blood-forming organs.
If you’re like me, don’t you have to wonder why in the world anyone would source benzene at any price!