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Warning over harmful erasers 2016.10.25
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THE Consumer Council has found that only one of 25 types of erasers it tested did not have plasticisers, a substance which make erasers softer and more elastic but is harmful to health. Under the test, which used Taiwanese standards, the other erasers had between one and three types of plasticisers.

According to the Taiwanese Standards Bureau, plasticisers may change the way a child’s hormone system works. Boys’ bodies may develop female characteristics and the risk of breast cancer in girls increases. Experts in Jiangsu Province in the mainland also warn that plasticisers may cause early puberty in girls.

The council said people need not throw away erasers that have plasticisers. They can use them as normal but they should keep the paper protective layer in place, and not let the erasers touch their skin. Children should not lick, suck or bite the erasers.

(This article is published on Goodies on 26 October 2016)


1. plasticiser (n)
    塑化劑

2. hormone (n)
    荷爾蒙

3. risk (n)
    風險

4. puberty (n)
    青春期





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  1. How many types of erasers did the Consumer Council test?
    1
    14
    25

  2. Why are plasticisers used to produce erasers?
    They make erasers softer and more elastic
    They makes erasers harder and more brittle
    They make erasers taste better

  3. What should people do if they have erasers with plasticisers?
    Throw the eraser away
    Use the eraser as normal but take precautions
    Put the eraser in their mouths

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