Malachite green: a carcinoge

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Malachite green, a mineral banned for human consumption, is a carcinogen. It is used extensively in India in the dyeing of cotton, wool, jute and leather, as well as an antiseptic. The Cancer Research Institute and the Tata Memorial Hospital of India have conducted experiments using malachite green that resulted in malignant transformation of Syrian hamster embryo cells. The chemical, also used surreptitiously in colouring sweets, poses a considerable risk to workers in printing and textile industries ( PTI Science Service , Vol 19, No 23).

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