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November 1950

DERMATITIS FROM ORANGE I IN A CANDY FACTORY

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LANCASTER, PA.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):695-696. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180084016

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Abstract

This outbreak of dermatitis is reported because of its intrinsic interest and the possibility of an unrecognized health hazard for the general public, especially children.

Workers in a candy factory began to complain of an "itching rash" on their hands and occasionally on the neck and face. Their plant was working to capacity preparing for the Halloween business rush, for which their products had wide distribution. Because of rapid labor turnover, it is difficult to determine how many workers had been exposed and their subsequent histories, but at least four girls out of approximately 100 in the department concerned complained and were examined.

The workers principally involved were "baggers." Their duty was to squeeze marshmallow from large cloth bags and then manually form stars, pumpkins, etc. The resultant shapes were then covered with various tinted sugars and dried, packed and sold—without further processing. The workers themselves blamed the marshmallow and

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