Man dies from eating too much black licorice candy, here's the weird scientific reason why

The FDA banned its use in commercial foods in 1960 because one of its compounds, safrole, was found to be potentially carcinogenic in animals. To my knowledge, there’s no good science on its effects on humans, unlike, say, glycyrrhizin.

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It was banned as a food additive sixty years ago because safrole can, under certain circumstances, be converted into a compound that is carcinogenic in mice.

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