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Re: What is the affect if child/man swollows Silica Gel packages in shoe boxes?

Date: Mon Jul 3 12:03:56 2000
Posted By: Mike Crawford, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 960863504.Me

Hello Chris,

Sorry about the delay in replying,

According to the local poison control center, the reason for the 'do not eat' warning on the silica gel
packages is that the package is a choking hazard.  The beads themselves (which are essentially identical to sand)
are harmless when eaten.  Just provide juice to remove the bad taste from the kid's mouth.


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