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Spotlight: Judge Conditionally Bans Shell Oil Solvent

May 29, 1997

Shell Oil Co. was ordered to stop selling the solvent toluene in California unless it revises warning labels to make clear the risks the chemical poses to pregnant mothers. Shell has 30 days to revise its warning labels under the ruling by a San Francisco Superior Court judge. Toluene is used in nail polish, glues and janitorial supplies, as well as in computer chip manufacturing and the aerospace industry. Attorneys for Shell weren't immediately available for comment.

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