Is it safe to add camphor balls to stored food?
Q: My mother adds camphor balls to the containers in which pulses etc are stored as it keeps pests away. But the smell is carried over to the food. Is this dangerous?
A:Camphor used to be available as a medicine. In large doses it could damage the heart, but in very low doses by inhalation or ingestion it is harmless, particularly if the exposure is intermittent.