Do we know enough about the safety of quat disinfectants?

In the last 10 years, scientists have linked quats to reproductive and developmental problems in animals, and found they can disrupt key cellular processes. So far there's no data linking the compounds to toxicity in humans, but some scientists say there's more to be done to fully assess quats' safety.

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Webinar: The science of BPA, from scientists

Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Green Science, together with Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of EHN.org, hosted a webinar Wednesday to discuss data emerging from a federal review on the health effects of low-level exposure to bisphenol A.

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Quats quagmire: Common disinfectants cause reproductive problems in mice, study says

Mice exposed to disinfectants in commercial-grade cleaning products took longer to get pregnant, had fewer pups and suffered more miscarriages and distressed fetuses, researchers reported yesterday.

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Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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