How far can regulations reach, where is reasonable? There are bodies to regulate more or less anything in the name of safety. For your safety, Folks. What starts out as a good idea in order to regulate toxic substances seem to have accelerated into the idea that everything is toxic.
Just to give you an idea; limonene, found in citrus-fruits, has been judged a skin irritant by a “body”. Now here is reality:
- The hazardous substance occurs when limonene oxidizes (the aging process), oxidized limonene is an irritant.
- Limonene is found in a majority of house-hold products and is considered safe. There are no restrictions.
- Limonene is found in many food-stuffs and drinks, including babyfoods, it’s an excellent taste enhancer.
- Every time you handle a citrus-fruit – and especially when you peel it – you get rather large amounts of limonene on your skin.
All these facts aside, “people” are afraid of limonene 🙂 and it has been branded a skin-hazard not to be used. So if this is the case, why are we allowed to eat oranges?