Health written question – answered on 5th March 2002.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if white asbestos, or chrysotile, is chemically distinguishable from talcum powder.
holding answer 1 March 2002
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White asbestos is chemically similar to talc, but it is the fibrous nature of asbestos, not its chemical composition, that makes it a risk to human health. Talc is not fibrous.
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