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Apple: No evidence yet for Mac Pro toxins

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Wed October 1, 2008

Apple on Mac Pro toxins

There is no evidence so far that Mac Pros are emitting dangerous chemicals, an Apple spokesman claims. Reports recently emerged from France of scientific testing, which suggested that Mac Pros were regularly emitting several toxic yet not immediately threatening kinds of fumes, including benzene, propanal and acetic acid. The major concern is said to be long-term exposure, as benzene, for example, is known to be a carcinogen.

The French newspaper Libération notes that only Pros built before 2008 are said to be affected, but Apple representative Bill Evans claims that the company has yet to find any evidence of its own to support third-party findings. "We have not found anything that supports this claim, but continue to investigate it for the customer," says Evans.

Apple has in recent years begun reacting to public pressure on environmental issues, for instance removing chemicals like mercury, PVC and brominated flame retardants from some of its electronics. Some toxins are known to remain however, particularly in its desktop computers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hold on a minute...

    ...they tested ONE MacPro so that all that can be alleged is that specific machine may be emitting (or just recirculating) toxins.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh dear god were screwed

    mac pros emitting ACETIC ACID!? We're all going to die, that stuff is so toxic. Thats why there is a government conspiracy to cover up its toxicity. It is after all the primary component that makes VINEGAR acidic! Oh god our potato chips are toxic!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Shouldn't that be written as "scientific" testing?

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    BUNCH OF FUD!!!!!!!!

    BUNCH OF FUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: bunch of FUD

    What's FUD? Apple's dismissal of the claims?

  1. Surfindixon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes. They're right. Benzene is incredibly toxic and has been banned from a lot of products and in some industries. However, it still features heavily in petrol so if you fill up everyday you'll be getting quite a lungful of the stuff (isn't it surprising how benzene is quite acceptable in petrol....erm...not really I suppose). So you better dump the car and get a bicycle ASAP....especially if you've got a mac pro.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why pick on Apple?

    I'm certain my bargain basement flat screen is silently killing me and my parrot. Seriously, since we got it he speaks less which could be a sign of respiratory troubles.

    Just google BPA and think about how many times you've frozen bottled water and drank it, or reheated take out in its plastic container.

    Its totally not unrealistic.

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