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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.

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