Apple bans two toxic chemicals from assembly plants

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:44 PM ET

Apple has banned toxic chemicals benzene and n-hexane in the manufacturing of its products.

The move comes after the company launched an investigation, prompted by environmental groups.

Green America has repeatedly raised concerns about the potentially harmful compounds the million-plus workers at Apple's Chinese factories are exposed to, and specifically cited benzene and n-hexane, both known carcinogens.

In June, the organization sent a letter, signed by 80 health professionals and representatives of other environmental organizations, to Apple's vice-president of environmental affairs, Lisa Jackson.

In a blog post late Wednesday, Jackson said Apple sent teams to investigate all 22 of its final assembly plants — the last stop before iPhones and iPads reach consumers — and found "no evidence of workers' health being put at risk."

But the company has added the two chemicals to its Regulated Substances Specification list, which was also released to the public as a downloadable document linked to in the post.


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