from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for daminozide.


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  • The report and the “60 Minutes” broadcast highlighted a chemical called Alar that was used to improve the appearance of apples.

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  • Growers saw prices plunge after a 1989 television report led to widespread fears apples were coated in a cancer-causing chemical called Alar, used to enhance crunch and color. Top Stories

  • When TV news reported on the possible risks to the public of a chemical sprayed on apples called Alar, DeVore argued for the public's right to know.


  • Systemic chemicals, such as Alar, are taken up by the roots and foliage of plants, and are of low to moderate toxicity to mammals and birds; some systemic herbicides are highly toxic to fishes.

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  • Smith pointed out that in the past when consumers found a product to be a health risk-as with bovine growth hormones in milk by 2009 (a product of Monsanto) and Alar in apples in 1989 (a product of Uniroyal Chemical Company, Inc., now integrated into the Chemtura Corporation) - they voted with their wallets.

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  • Congress ordered the USDA to survey the levels of pesticide in food annually following the 1989 Alar controversy involving apples.

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  • Apple sales sank after a broadcast on the CBS news-magazine program "60 Minutes" linked Alar to health risks, and the pesticide was banned from use on food.

    Pesticide Residues Taint Apples

  • Though its manufacturer played down Alar's risks Uniroyal claimed to have studies of workers that proved Alar/UDMH was safe, though never released the data, by the early 1980s, prominent health research institutions - the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the Carcinogen Assessment Group within the U.S.

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  • The official threshold for concern within EPA at that time was one cancer in a million exposed people, so Alar was thought to create a human health hazard at least 100 times as great as the agency considered acceptable.

    Wendy Gordon: The True Alar Story

  • Actually, the truth is that Alar was -- and is -- not a safe chemical.

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