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Energy Saving Light Bulbs 'Contain Cancer Causing Chemicals'

Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of German scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals. Their report advises that the CFL bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins when switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances, it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”  British experts insisted that more research was needed and urged consumers not to panic.  Dr. Michelle Bloor, senior lecturer in Environmental Science at Portsmouth University, told the Daily Express: “Further independent studies would need to be undertaken to back up the presented German research.”