What is ethylene oxide and why is it a problem?
- According to the EPA, ethylene oxide or EtO (CAS RN 75-21-8) is a colorless gas used to sterilize 50% of medical devices and dental equipment that cannot be sterilized using steam or radiation. It is also used to sterilize some food products and spices, and as a pesticide. [ For more on how EtO is used in medical applications, read AgencyIQ Life Science’s analysis here or POLITICO Pro’s analysis here. ]
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