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# In an attempt to counter complaints that a certain pesticide

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01 Oct 2017, 21:16
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In an attempt to counter complaints that a certain pesticide is potentially hazardous to humans if absorbed into edible plants, the pesticide manufacturer has advertised that “ounce for ounce, the active ingredient in this pesticide is less toxic than the active ingredient in mouthwash.”

Which one of the following, if true, indicates a weakness in the manufacturer’s argument?

(A) The ounce-for-ounce toxicity of the active ingredient in mouthwash is less than that of most products meant for external use by humans, such as nail polish or other cosmetics.

(B) The quantity of toxins humans ingest by consuming plants treated with the pesticide is, on average, much higher than the quantity of toxins humans ingest by using mouthwash.

(C) The container in which the pesticide is packaged clearly identifies the toxic ingredients and carries warnings about their potential danger to humans.

(D) On average, the toxins present in the pesticide take longer than the toxins present in mouthwash to reach harmful levels in the human body.

(E) Since the government began to regulate the pesticide industry over ten years ago, there has been a growing awareness of the dangers of toxins used in pesticides.

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01 Oct 2017, 22:27
IMO B. The claim stated by the manufacturer starts by comparing the toxicity ounce by ounce. If the edible plants have more ounces, then the toxicity of the pesticide ingested along with the edible plants is clearly more than that of the mouthwash.

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04 Oct 2017, 22:44
The answer is D.The manufacturer claims by stating that ounce for ounce the toxicity of active ingredient in mouthwash is less than the ingredients in pesticides. If the number of ounces of the toxic substances in pesticides is more than in mouthwash the pesticide can be more dangerous for human beings.Therefore the answer is D. Please give me kudos. I need them badly to increase my score.
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