Asbestos use by Breweries
by Connor Burke
Scientists at the universities of Cambridge and Liverpool have claimed that beer filtered with asbestos may be the cause behind a large increase in the diagnosis of gullet cancer, with this exposure potentially being the reason for a four-fold increase in cases.
Until the 1980s, some breweries used this toxic mineral to filter out impurities in beer. It is also thought that some pub owners would even add a handful of the deadly material to leftovers at the end of their shift for ‘cleansing’, so it could be served the following day to unaware customers.
According to Cancer Research UK, there are 25 new cases of gullet cancer each day, which makes it the 14th most common cancer in the UK. Cases have continued to rise over the last 50 years with 90% of the tumours being found in men, with the disease killing almost 80,000 Brits every year.
The British Beer and Pub Association’s Andy Tighe responded to these claims saying: “It’s difficult to associate health impacts from any one potential source”.
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