An Interesting Use of Asbestos

An Interesting Use of Asbestos

Asbestos was used for all kinds of tasks. When we think of asbestos, we tend to think about insulation and old lagging but what about beer? Here is an intersting use of asbestos during the 70’s.

Asbestos…The perfect beer filter

Yes folks…They really did use asbestos to filter the impurities from beer during the 70’s.This went on into the 80’s.

asbestos filtered beer, illustration purposes only - pixabay

Scientists at Cambridge and Liverpool Universities believe that this use of asbestos in beer may be the reason we have seen a 4-fold rise in oesophageal cancers. As reported in the Mirror article almost 8000 UK citizens die each year from cancer of the gullet.

They report that cases have risen over the past 50 years with 90% of cases occurring in men.

The Good News!

The good news is that this no longer is standard practice! Phew! But it never seems to surprise us when we hear of all the odd ways asbestos was used in the past. If only we had of known what we know now.

Asbestos was used across Northern Ireland for many decades right up until the year 2000. There may well have been some examples of it’s use past this date depending on stocks and anyone who may have ignored the new UK asbestos ban.

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