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March 7, 1925

ACCIDENTS FROM ZINC STEARATE: SECOND REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ACCIDENTS FROM ZINC STEARATE DUSTING POWDERS APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1925;84(10):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620360003012
Abstract

At the June, 1924, meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Accidents from Zinc Stearate, appointed by the Board on resolution of the House of Delegates, presented its report. The conclusions were:

Your committee can find no scientifically controlled evidence to justify the statement that zinc stearate powders as used in the nursery possess any advantage over other well known powders, such as talc and powders of mixed composition.

The committee is of the opinion that for the protection of the public, zinc stearate powders and powders containing considerable zinc stearate, for toilet and nursery use, should be sold only in containers with permanently attached covers. The shape of the cover should be such as to render it impracticable for an infant to place the top in his mouth. The cover should be kept automatically and positively closed whenever the container is not in use; for instance, by

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