Most consumer products use natural gas in their manufacturing process. Because their gas is contaminated - their products become contaminated.

And because consumers ingest, apply, breath, and come into intimate contact with manufactured products that are contaminated by natural gas, product manufacturers face very different issues than residential customers.

Consumer Exposure Adds Up

Starting with our morning breakfast and the rest of our meals. Foods we eat are contaminated by natural gas waste. From the detergents we use to launder our clothes, to the gas clothes drier.

From the cosmetics we wear to the medicines and vitamins we take, to the building materials we live with. All products are contaminated by natural gas waste.

New research shows: it's not the high dose of a dangerous chemical that hurts us. It's the accumulation of very tiny exposures to chemicals that causes us harm.

A small dose in our coffee here. A small dose in our cereal over there. Another small dose in the chocolate later on mixed with a small dose from the clothes we wear and the air we breath. As we age - we accumulate increasing levels of gas contamination. Then those mysterious, unexplainable illnesses start to surface.

Hard to believe? Not if you've been reading the news or watching TV. It's these small doses that cause us harm. Scientists call it dose dependency. The idea is - if it's there and contacts us - we've been contaminated. The dependency part means: the more times we are exposed to tiny doses - the more chance we have of accumulating the toxic stuff from our food, cosmetics, medicines, building materials and indoor air.

Consumer product manufacturers are as innocent as any other gas consumer. They didn't know the gas they use to produce the products they sell is contaminated. They didn't know they're products are contaminated by chemical waste from the gas utility. They didn't know they were spreading this contamination in the products they make and distribute. They trusted their natural gas utility, just like everyone else did.

What consumer product manufacturers need to do: filter the gas before they use it. With manufacturers filtering "their gas" - consumer confident in the marketplace will reflex such a decision.

California produces much of the world's consumable products. From roasting coffee beans, to breakfast cereal, to bread, cookies, health foods, baby foods, and even the delicious chocolate we like so much. California manufacturers are held to a high standard, as are others located elsewhere. Cleanliness in their operations borders on paranoia and that's why we have such a high standard of living, when compared to other parts of the world.

A partial list of consumer goods where natural gas is used to make products listed by SIC Code. (Standard Industrial Classification Code)

SIC #

2023 DRY, CONDENSED EVAPORATED PRODUCTS

2032 CANNED SPECIALTIES

2034 DRIED FRUITS & VEGETABLES

2041 FLOUR & OTHER GRAIN MILL PRODUCTS

2043 CEREAL BREAKFAST FOODS

2044 RICE MILLING

2045 PREPARED FLOUR MIXES & DOUGHS

2047 DOG & CAT FOOD

2048 PREPARED FEEDS (animal feed)

2051 BREAD & OTHER BAKERY PRODUCTS

2052 COOKIES & CRACKERS

2061 CANE SUGAR EXCEPT REFINING

2063 BEET SUGAR

2066 CHOCOLATE & COCOA PRODUCTS

2068 SALTED & ROASTED NUTS & SEEDS

2075 SOYBEAN OIL MILLS

2079 EDIBLE FATS

2082 MALT BEVERAGES (beer)

2095 ROASTED COFFEE

2096 POTATO CHIPS, CORN CHIPS & SNACKS

2098 MACARONI & SPAGHETTI

2099 FOOD PREPARATIONS (condiments)

2111 CIGARETTES

2211 BROADWOVEN FABRIC MILLS, COTTON

2221 BROADWOVEN FABRIC MILLS, MANMADE

2231 BROADWOVEN FABRIC MILLS, WOOL

2834 PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATIONS (medicines and vitamins)

2841 SOAP & DETERGENT

2844 TOILET PREPARATIONS (cosmetics)


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