Quartz: The US government is finally acknowledging the flame retardants in your furniture and baby products are not just ineffective, but also dangerous

October 10, 2017

The US agency in charge of protecting consumer safety just took the first step towards banning a class of flame retardants that were, up until very recently, nearly ubiquitous. So ubiquitous—mostly in children’s clothes, baby toys, and upholstered furniture—that the vast majority of the US population has measurable quantities of it in their blood.…

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Chicago Tribune: Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture

September 20, 2017

For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems.…

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DailyMail: Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may harm pregnant women, experts warn

June 26, 2017

Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may be harmful to pregnant women, experts have warned. A report published by more than 200 scientists has warned that antibacterial chemicals found in soap, lunchboxes and exercise mats could be causing ‘more harm than good’.…

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The Telegraph: Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

June 25, 2017

Anti-bacterial soaps and gels are useless and may cause harm, 200 scientists and medics have warned. The consensus statement, published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives also cautions against the use of antimicrobial agents in food storage containers, exercise mats and paints…

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Quartz: A harmful antibacterial the US has banned in hand soap is still allowed in toothpaste

June 20, 2017

Nearly a year has passed since the US Food and Drug Administration banned Triclosan from hand soaps and body wash in the country. But the antimicrobial and its chemical relatives are still on the ingredients list for loads of other products people in the US and internationally put on their skin and in their mouths—more than 2,000 of them, according to a statement published Tuesday (June 20) and signed by 200 doctors and scientists from all over the world.…

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Forbes: Scientists Call For Tighter Limits On Use Of Ubiquitous Antimicrobial Chemicals

June 20, 2017

Triclosan, an antimicrobial chemical, is tough to avoid., which probably explains why it’s been found in the urine of most humans who’ve been tested. Last September, the Food and Drug Administration gave manufacturers one year in which to stop using triclosan in liquid soaps, due to a lack of evidence that it’s safe and effective…

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AL.com: Substitute chemicals for cancer-linked PFCs may also be harmful, researchers warn

February 22, 2017

A pair of long-lasting, man-made chemicals called PFOA and PFOS have generated controversy and lawsuits in recent years, worldwide and in Alabama, but a new peer-reviewed paper warns there are more than 3,000 replacement chemicals with similar chemical makeup used to make consumer products whose toxicology and potential health impacts are unknown…

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