Caution (when Handling)
All tissues of A. tequilana have calcium oxalate crystals, which are sharp at both ends and cause irritation and persistent rashes when they come in contact with the skin. In tequila distilleries 5/6 of workers that handle the stems and 1/3 of workers who harvest agave experience irritation characteristic of contact dermatitis (Salinas et al 2011).
- Salinas, ML., Ogura T. and Soffchi L (2001). “Irritant contact dermatitis caused by needlelike calcium oxalate crystals, raphides, in Agave tequilana among workers in tequila distilleries and agave plantations.” Contact Dermatitis vol 44: 94-96.
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