Before you apply sunscreen this summer…

…make sure you find a product that won’t expose you to benzene, a truly terrible, horrible, no good, very bad health hazard. As always, forewarned is forearmed as we spot the tip of yet another iceberg on our sailing trip through the Anthropocene.

For more information, here’s a Guardian article, “Carcinogenic chemical benzene found in hundreds of US personal care products,” and a related Consumer Reports article, “FDA Withheld Information About the Safety Risks of Aveeno and Neutrogena Sunscreens Contaminated With Benzene.”

Dangerous products mentioned in the articles have been taken off the market, but questions linger. Why the hell was benzene in them to begin with? What the hell is wrong with people who produce consumer products that endanger health? (For example, consider the serial killers of the tobacco “industry” who knew almost from the get go that their noxious products pose serious health risks.) I guess I know the answer to that last question. They’re moral imbeciles who are interested in making lotsa money at the expense of the consumers they bamboozle .

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