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than the 20 for e m p l o y m e n t were or by 199 in Hospital Research FDA Charged With Ignoring Asbestos In Babv Powders nlSUUUUfl IlUlb ItUlcU IU v e i n n tt t. i vuiiu 111 * *.^Â«-. t,^ Â·- -- Â· - -- - .- - - - - . lately nrobe findings that Brut Talc, Yardley Invisisible analytic method which tos fibers, believed to be a Talc, Yardley Black Label besuilable." hailed as a r causing agent, have Body Powder, Mennen Shave A 1975 FDA study of 76 - - "'O "t"-_" I . TM Â» I r . ! Â· _ ! _ Â¥ i l I f 4 . ~ _ ._Â«Â«Â«Â»Â»Â« n 1 I n I o cimnliC NEW YORK (UPI) -- A researcher at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital charges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to adequ asbestos fibe cancer caus , been found in some baby and body powders. But, the FDA says tests over the years have been inconclusive inconclusive and contradictory on whether any health hazard exists. A study by Mount Sinai's Department of Environmental Medicine of 19 body and baby powders marketed in 1973 found 10 contained asbestos in quanli- lies ranging from 2 lo 20 per cent. Asbestos has been linked lo mesothelioma, a rare form of chest and abdominal cancer, and scarring of lung tissue. An earlier Mount Sinai study found nearly 40 per cent of the deaths of asbestos workers in New York and New Jersey were from these diseases. The baby and body powders with the greatest concentration of asbestos -- 8 to 20 per cent -- in the 1973 sludy were ZBT Baby Powder with Baby Oil, Cashmere Bouquet Body Talc, Coty Airspun Face Powder and Rosemary Talc. Baby A producl since discontinued, Bauer t Black Baby Talc, had a 15 per cent concentration. Asbestos amounts under 5 per cent were found in Faberge said was directly linked lo asbestos workers' deaths. He said crysotile is much more difficult to delect and "we've continued to look for Talc and English Leather After commercial talc samples, Shave Talc. said, found Â· no traces of No asbestos was found in asbestos. Ammen's Medicated .Powder, Dr. Arthur Rohl of Mount Avon Bird of Paradise Beauty Sinai, who helped direct Dust, Diaparene Body Powder, powder tests, disputed Eir- Johnson's Baby Powder -- one America n-andoneBritish-made -- Johnson's Medicated Powder, Powder, Mennen Bath Talc, Yard- mann's view that Iremolile asbestos may be less dangerous. dangerous. Rohl said both asbestos ley'After Shave Powder, and are among Ihose "classifed Â· Â·'--"--Â·--Â·--Â·-- Â·"- -Â·- "-Â·Â· Â·Â·-- the federal governmelnt , Yardley Original Body Powder. Heinz J. Eirmann, director of the FDA's division of cosmetics technology, said when 1972 and 1973 FDA studies found asbestos asbestos in some products of 200 tested, "industry members changed their sources of supply." Eirmann said samples from the FDA sludy were given to other researchers, and "that's when contradictory results" began to appear. Eirmann said all studies of the powders so far have found only tremolite, a form of asbestos which "may not be equally a health hazard" as crysolile asbestos, which he carcinogens" (cancer-causing substances). As for the explanation thai manufacturers have changed sources, Rohl said, "I don't think it's somelhing thai be taken for granted." Noting that the Mount Sinai study "jusl looked at a handful" of products, Rohl "We know that in addition powders, there are makeup many other types of cosmetic products that have talc as base." "It's somelhing that the should investigate," Rohl said. "We've raised some questions and we'd like to see some satsifactory answers to them."