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July 12, 1924

DANGERS OF ZINC STEARATE DUSTING POWDERSREPORT TO THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES BY COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ON ACCIDENTS FROM STEARATE OF ZINC DUSTING POWDERS

Author Affiliations

of the Section on Diseases of Children, Chairman.; Bureau of Legal Medicine and Legislation.; American Medical Association Chemical Laboratory.

JAMA. 1924;83(2):120-121. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26610020001017
Abstract

The House of Delegates, at the San Francisco session, 1923, adopted the following resolution:

"Whereas, There is an increasing hazard to infant and child life from the accidental aspiration of zinc stearate which is used as a baby dusting powder,

"The Section on Diseases of Children, by unanimous vote, does hereby recommend to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, that such action shall be taken in cooperation with the manufacturers of said dusting powders, so that caution labels shall be placed on all containers of said powders, and that such changes shall be made in the form of said containers so as to prevent the frequently occurring illnesses and fatalities in instances where such powders are used."

To carry into effect the above resolution the Board of Trustees appointed the undersigned members of the committee on zinc stearate powders. The committee sent letters to packers and distributors

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