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Maufactuers to add bittering agents to antifreeze

My Edmonds News .com -- Antifreeze manufacturers are going to start adding bittering agents to antifreeze to make the taste unapitizing to animals. Really? Is this a problem?

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Submitted Dec 17, 2012 By: hgatjens
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NedW
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:18:35 PM

Dang! I was going to try it to see how it worked as a laxative.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:05:57 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 10:54:11 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:42:22 PM

Elect motors do not use antifreeze. Why not just mandate them?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:01:03 PM

Animal advocates keep whining about it. Personally, if the cost is minimal and it is done by the industry rather than by heavy-handed regulation, I don't see any great harm in doing it.

GTh
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 11:32:52 AM

Mmmm, antifreeze...
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:05:57 AM

Oh great..Now wives won't be able to poison their husbands!!!....:o)
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:10:44 AM

Hopefully they don't use this as an excuse to raise prices.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 3:36:15 AM

About time, but maybe an added smell would be better since one lick to taste the deterent bitter taste might have already done the harm
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:16:05 AM

Good; it's about time.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:06:56 AM

Great points TIGERPAW46! Can't disagree with anything you stated.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:06:38 AM

Sounds good.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:06:27 AM

Wow!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:06:06 AM

good for our pets.....
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:03:53 AM

This is a very positive move.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:02:41 AM

indeed it is about time1 i can think of 25+ dogs that has iclked contimners left out by lazy shade tree mecanics
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 1:00:08 AM

And the price of gas is going . . .
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:56:27 AM

What
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:56:16 AM

It won't help much because all it usually takes for a small animal like cats is one lick of the antifreeze to kill them. Best preventive is don't leave spills not cleaned up. Most people don't let their dogs run loose because of leash laws for public safety. However, Cats are allowed to run free & bother everyone except the owners. Since they are only a nuisance to others not as much of a public danger, cats don't have a leash law.

Be considerate to others and keep all your animals controlled and they won't be drinking antifreeze anyway. I don't dislike cats, I just dislike others imposing on my rights. I hate cleaning up after other peoples' animals, dog or cats. So if you walk your dog, pick up your own dog waste or bury it. Most people don't want to hear the cats fighting & making noise outside their window at 2am either.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:55:46 AM

voyagerkim asked, ". . .and how much is this going to cost us?"

Antifreeze cost $1.25 per gallon in the '70s ... until video tape became a household staple when VHS took over the market. The tape is made from the ingredient in antifreeze. Today, the gallon of antifreeze costs $13-15, BUT video tape is not the hot commodity it was in the past. We have become accustomed to paying 10+ times as much for our antifreeze - like our gasoline, and manufacturers realize they don't have to lower the price.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:54:18 AM

it's about time.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:54:15 AM

Good, as it is a problem at times.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:54:03 AM

I believe its a good thing and overdue.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:53:12 AM

okay if it keeps it out of my wine
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:52:51 AM

Manufacturers. Unappetizing.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:51:20 AM

weak attempt at an article posting
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:51:17 AM

Makes a good diffrence.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:51:06 AM

Yuck!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:49:47 AM

Just now getting around to it?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:49:31 AM

Could be a boon for the hops growers.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:49:21 AM

That's nice, but what does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:47:55 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:45:27 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:44:44 AM

Ok finally
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:43:59 AM

As long as this doesn't harm the car, it sounds like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:39:10 AM

The word used was "unpalatable" but the similar meaning word "unappetizing" works, but WHY change the word?

Copy and paste is the way to go.

Why is the source listed as My Edmonds News .com? The article linked is the DVM on-line publication, veterinarynews.dvm360.com.

Maybe squirrels will drink the sweet stuff and they can be cleaned out of the chase. We keep our dogs away from areas where antifreeze is kept. Used antifreeze is flushed.

Artificial color in foods is an even greater problem for people.

[Edited by: MacDad614 at 12/18/2012 12:41:41 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:35:43 AM

I wasn't planning on sipping any. And, What's a "Maufactuer"?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:34:40 AM

It is a good idea whose time has come. Antifreeze has a sweet taste that kills dogs and other animals attracted to it. It is the right thing to do and they also should keep the cost of the change next to nothing.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:34:37 AM

This is a good move.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:34:07 AM

I'm not going to taste it to find out..
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:31:19 AM

my cooling system will be pissed!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:29:47 AM

they need to do some thing
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:29:36 AM

okay...interesting
thanks for posting GB blog
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:26:27 AM

???? Really, just another reason to raise prices on anything to do with cars
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:26:11 AM

i wouldn't know what it tastes like..

now ethanol straight up is a diffy story-then again, we don't put ethanol straight up in our car either, unless it's in gallon jugs, for transporting ;)

[Edited by: 10k at 12/18/2012 12:28:40 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:24:21 AM

Believe it or not, there are those who will actually put antifreeze (or similar things) in the water for stray cats & dogs. Methinks they ought to be made to drink that concoction themselves.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:24:08 AM

I had a dog that drank antifreeze years ago. My kids were devastated. It tastes sweet.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:23:40 AM

I guess it gets confused with Mountain Dew....
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:23:38 AM

That's a good thing.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 12:22:56 AM

If it will save the lives of animals it would be worth it.
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