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Areca nut

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California does not have the legal basis to list areca nut (the seed of Areca catechu) and betel quid as chemicals known to cause cancer, according to comments filed by the American Herbal Products Association Nov. 21. According to AHPA President Michael McGuffin, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is using a "labor code shortcut instead of calling a public meeting" where public comment could, and should, be obtained. In addition, AHPA requests that any listing by the state apply only to areca seed (not husk) intended for prolonged chewing. Swallowing the seed in a dietary supplement has no known health consequences, according to AHPA. The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently released findings linking negative health consequences with chewing areca nut and betel quid...

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