CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 04, 1978
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(Studio) Environment Defense Fund's call for ban on AETT, ingredient that provides fragrance in some cosmetic prods., reported Cosmetic industry response to chgs. that AETT causes brain and nervous system damage to lab rats stated. AETT situation cited as example of recent reports of problems with various prods., raising question: is anything safe anymore?
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Substances reported by government and private agencies to be linked to cancer and carried in reports by "CBS Evening News" over past year listed. New substance to add to list is United States currency, the dime. Denver General Hospital cancer researcher Dr. George Moore's implantation of currency in stomachs of rats, where cancerous tumors later developed, and his reasons for doing so stated. [MOORE - notes that some groups want zero threshold for carcinogens, meaning that anything identified as carcinogen must be banned. Calls this ridiculous; cites example of nickel used in currency.] Subject of product safety and incring. warnings about it examined; political cartoons and comedy routines based on this noted. Cartoons by Don Wright, of "The Miami News", and a scene from "Fernwood 2-Night", from TAT Communications, shown. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) commissioner Don. KENNEDY - says there are safe things still around, but people should expect discoveries about chemicals that have been around for several years; cites example of saccharin and apparent findings about hair dyes.] Govt.'s booklet listing suspected carcinogens and inability to say what, if any, risk these substances pose for humans. [Clairol Corporation John CORBETT - states that experts on population and reasons for deaths say that only few cancers are result of exposure to food additives or chemicals.] [Environment Defense Fund spokesperson Joseph HIGHLAND - says if one knows there's incrd. risk and that there's something to be done to avoid it and still use product, person will do it.] [Dr. Michael HALBERSTAM - tells patients who are concerned about cancer to stop smoking. Believes that cancer risks in hair dyes, bacon, etc., so slight as not to be of concern.]
REPORTER: Richard Roth
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