Spain Bans Gum That's Too Sticky

Lawmakers decide old gum is too expensive to clean off streets

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 29, 2010 3:41 PM CST

(Newser) – Spanish lawmakers have come up with an ingenious way to save local governments money: Make chewing gum less sticky. Local councils have apparently been complaining that gummed-up sidewalks cost too much to scrub, so the Spanish cabinet has ruled that all gum in the country must now use a less-sticky copolymer of vinyl acetate and vinyl laurate as a base, the Guardian reports.

“It sticks less, which makes cleaning easier,” the Spanish health ministry explains. There’s just one little problem: Critics say that vinyl acetate isn’t actually safe. “Laboratory animal studies have found long-term exposure to vinyl acetate can cause a carcinogenic response,” the US-based Vinyl Acetate Council conceded, though it said this only occurred at “concentrations well above recommended exposure levels.”

Spain's gum will soon be less sticky.
Spain's gum will soon be less sticky.   (?little sourire)
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