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New Antifreeze Won't Kill Your Pet

A new compound has been found to replace Ethylene glycol, the toxic ingredient in antifreeze that's responsible for poisoning around 90,000 animals and thousands of people every year.

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"The new ingredient is Propylene glycol, it's actually a food additive which they say is generally recognized as safe by the USDA."

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Spencer Platt Joe Raedle Justin Sullivan Tom Szczerbowski
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Every year about 90,000 pets and wild animals and about five thousand humans too, as a matter of fact are poisoned by antifreeze because Ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze and de-icing chemicals is broken down in the body into toxic compounds. But there has been a new discovery that is so great in so many ways, they discovered a new antifreeze ingredient that actually works better than the old stuff and this is non-toxic. The new ingredient is Propylene glycol, it's actually a food additive which they say is generally recognized as safe by the USDA and it cools car engines sixty percent better than the old stuff and it's not going to kill pets.