A Canadian health expert has blasted his own country branding it a ‘purveyor of death because it is planning to export asbestos to India.
Although the use of asbestos is all but banned in Canada and many other developed nations, the Canadian government is planning to reopen a Quebec mine tripling the country’s production of Chrysotile, also known as white asbestos.
According to Australia’s ABC News, health experts are warning that the asbestos trade with India will lead to an ‘epidemic of deaths’ in decades to come.
Ottawa University Professor Amir Attaran said, “It amounts to Canada being a purveyor of death around the world. Our country is an exporter of a deadly substance and we enjoy it – at least our federal government does.”
India’s use of Chrysotile in the construction industry is growing alarmingly despite the health implications. Many believe that a lack of modern medical facilities mean that many asbestos-related deaths go undiagnosed and unreported.