Chemical alert

After viewing Watchdog on BBC 1 on Wednesday night where they related the ill-effects of methylisothiazolinone (MI), I realised by inspecting a number of items in our home that its use is widespread and a danger to many people.

Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a chemical and is used as a preservative designed to preserve shelf life, and has no useful properties for users of the products. M1 is highly allergic and causes rashes, lumps, blisters, itchy eyes and facial swelling. MI’s reaction rate is one to 10% whereas normal reaction is one to two percent.

But what is more frightening to someone with sensitive skin, like myself, is that M1 is present in paint, cosmetics, shampoos, washing-up liquids, some detergents and maybe other products.

I ask that the Health Safety Authority check up on this dangerous chemical.

Michael O’Connor

Mill Road


Co Cork

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