New concerns raised about yellow dyes

February 24, 2014 4:32:15 AM PST
Next time you buy a bath towel, T-shirt or even notepad, you might want to think twice before picking the color.

A new study by Rutgers University found that yellow dyes found in many common household products and items could contain a potentially harmful chemical that may be bad for your health.

That chemical is PCB 11, which is regularly found in yellow dyes in printing inks, paper, paint and clothing, said Lisa Rodenburg, one of the study's authors and associate professor in environmental chemistry at Rutgers.

While researchers said they need to conduct further study on the toxicity of PCB 11 specifically, previous studies have linked PCBs in general with irritations, cancer, birth defects and developmental problems in children and even very bad acne.

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