The toxicology of hydroquinone--relevance to occupational and environmental exposure.

  title={The toxicology of hydroquinone--relevance to occupational and environmental exposure.},
  author={Anthony P Decaprio},
  journal={Critical reviews in toxicology},
  volume={29 3},
Hydroquinone (HQ) is a high-volume commodity chemical used as a reducing agent, antioxidant, polymerization inhibitor, and chemical intermediate. It is also used in over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as an ingredient in skin lighteners and is a natural ingredient in many plant-derived products, including vegetables, fruits, grains, coffee, tea, beer, and wine. While there are few reports of adverse health effects associated with the production and use of HQ, a great deal of research has been… CONTINUE READING
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