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Coal TarCoal Tar

Also Written On Labels As: Aminophenol, liquor carbonis detergens, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine, coal tar solution, tar, coal, carbo-cort, coal tar solution, crude coal tar, estar, impervotar, KC 261, lavatar, picis carbonis, naphtha, high solvent naphtha, naphtha distillate,benzin B70 and petroleum benzin

Found in the following products: Hair dye, soap, lotion, ointment, dandruff and psoriasis shampoos

Chemical purpose: Acts as a denaturant, antimicrobial and biocide agent

Potential harmful risks:
Cancer: Known as a human carcinogen according to the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Coal tar is associated with cancer of the kidney, lung, bladder and digestive tract.
Organ System Toxicity: A coal tar constituent, Pyridine, is linked to neurological damage.

Coal tar is banned in Europe.

Coal Tar. Report on carcinogens 12 edition. Available Online:
Pirydine. Material Data Safety Sheet. Available Online: Accessed May 2, 2014.

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