Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?

Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?

Summary: Mac Pro owners, listen up.  A french newspaper Liberation.

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Toxic Mac ProÂ’s emitting benzene?Mac Pro owners, listen up. 

A french newspaper Liberation.fr has published a report (English translation) stating that Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer. The newspaper was warned by a national agency scientist that the smell (already detected by many Mac Pro users on Apple forums) is actually toxic, composed of several toxins, including benzene.

An Apple Core reader requesting anonymity, sends the following details:

Here's a proof that the smell problem was previously known, check this page.

The real news here is that the smell is toxic... but still no official answer from Apple. I've submitted this piece of news to let english-speaking Mac Pro users know about it (since it was published in french). Libération is a very well known newspaper in France, it's not a blog or anything like that, so normally you should be able to trust this article.

I just called AppleCare (in France). They confirmed the problem but they told me it only concerned Mac Pros built before 2008 (without mentioning if being built in China was a condition, as suspected by users on the Apple forums). Mine is early 2008 so I should not worry they said.

When I asked them to send me this answer in written form, even by e-mail, they refused. They put me on hold for 40 minutes to forward me to the customer relations service, but apparently they didn't want to talk to me so I got instead a level 2 technical agent who told me the exact same thing: don't worry, we guess your Mac Pro is safe, but we can't confirm in written form which Mac Pro have toxicity problems until Apple decides to communicate about it. Apple did nothing since they knew of this problem, which may be in the beginning of 2007, so we can still wait very long for any change in their policy...

The fact that my Mac Pro may not be concerned is not the problem I have with their answer. The problem is that I could very well own one of those toxic Mac Pro and never know about it, with Apple never issuing a Mac Pro recall to prevent serious health problems. Considering the problem exists for more than a year, some people have been knowingly exposed to toxins, and if some of them ever develop a blood cancer it will not be before some years, and Apple will silently get out of this problem. This problem is as bad for Apple as the contaminated milk problem for China, and it may very well be the first scandal of this kind in the computer industry.

Apple doesn't want to confirm which Mac Pro have a problem because they know users could sue them for this reason. I invite all Mac Pro owners around the world to send a letter to Apple and ask them which Mac Pro have the toxicity problem, in written form. If Apple doesn't change its methods very fast, a class-action lawsuit may unfortunately be the next step...

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  • So what is the source of the issue?

    It's one thing to make such a spectacular claim it's another to provide some real evidence. Why would they be emitting a toxic smell? Might this be the case with other computers too?
    GoPower
    • Craziness

      I think it is craziness that they would try and hide this. I don't see how they will benefit by trying to cover it up when people are starting to know about it. Sounds like Apple is a really great company. Hey want to know how to give someone cancer? Buy them a Mac Pro, they are dying to have one.
      OhTheHumanity
    • Have you at least read the translated article?

      Lib?ration is one of the five major newspapers in France, and the information was brought to them by a scientist employed by the CNRS, the French national research agency. Before that we only know of smelly Mac Pro, not benzene emitting ones. Besides, the analysis was made by Analytica, which - the article says - was advised to the scientist by Greenpeace as an analysis laboratory. The scientist went through all this process only because when he reached AppleCare first, it wasn't solved, even after a Mac Pro exchange.
      Fresh Mike
      • Consider the source

        Frankly, I am suspicious about any objectivity when
        Greenpeace or most any such irrationally aggressive
        activist group is involved.

        I also take such pronouncements with a grain of salt when
        it issues from France--the folks who still believe Lance
        Armstrong used illegal chemicals to win all those Tours de
        France, no matter how many tests he took, and passed.

        Let's have some more research by an objective lab or two.
        If Apple is introducing a toxin in their products, they must
        pay to clean it up and make any customers whole. If not, a
        strong apology would be in order.
        frabjous
        • This is a globally anti-French statement

          and I formally ask that it be removed from this forum.
          Furthermore the Lance Armstrong affair is out of context, and one of the urine samples was found to contain EPO but only later, after it could legally mean something, so this explains the suspicion.
          Fresh Mike
        • LOL

          Spoken like a true GOP moron - better go eat some more Freedom Fries.
          Doug_Alder
      • issue solved

        solvent
        Mahegan
    • Must be...

      So many non-Apple folks keep insisting that, since Apple
      went to the Intel chip, Apple computers are physically
      "exactly like PCs." If so, there must be a more widespread
      problem. We need an investigation that is equally
      widespread!
      frabjous
  • No wonder MBP fans love Apple

    They are intoxicated.
    LBiege
    • MacBook Pro have no problem, it's Mac Pro only

      (AFAIK)
      Fresh Mike
  • Rotten Apples

    Give a bad odour too :)
    Alan Smithie
  • Seems like a familar refrain.

    Apple won't admit to problems, until pressed by a lawsuit.

    Ata boy Stevie! You're getting more like Steve Ballmer every day.

    :-(
    Mark-Twain
    • More than cyder inside...

      "Heady Stuff" - still, anyone who drives a gasoline vehicle cannot really complain about a whiff of benzene
      Mahegan
  • Benzene > Kool-Aid

    Ohhhhh, so it wasn't Kool-Aid after all?!?!
  • RE: Toxic Mac Pro's emitting benzene?

    Yummy! It's just like Viagra! Keeps you up for HOURS!!!
    No More Microsoft Software Ever!
    • Dude....

      If it's keeping you up for hours, you should see a doctor immediately.

      Haven't you seen those commercials on TV?
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • Don't go see a doctor...

        ...that just takes the fun away. Instead, go find 4 or 5 of your
        friends and brag about it!
        nix_hed
        • better still, find 5 "friends" and show off, or utilise

          .
          Mahegan
  • Consumer hypocrisy always entertaining

    Just look as the components of a piece of electronics. Does anyone think this stuff magically gets manufactured without toxins?

    Plastics generate toxins. Smelting metal generates toxins. Etching PCB boards generates toxins.

    Normally most of these get absorbed into the environment where the machine is made (ie. China) and the end-user really doesn't have a have a clue.

    Now we get yuppies in first-world G8 countries getting exposed to benzene vapors and all of a sudden what was OK for Chinese workers to get exposed to is now a major health crisis.

    I'm pretty sure any lawsuit will force Apple to replace the machines, but not a single "outraged" MAC user will care if the toxic soup that's required to manufacture a modern computer continues to get spewed into the environment on the other side of the globe.
    croberts
    • The difference is that during manufacturing

      of the above mentioned items, they use air scubbers, not your lungs, to remove the toxins from the air.
      GuidingLight