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SURFACTANTS

Products with this unspecific ingredient may be composed of any the specific substances listed below. The evidence shown is based on the most concerning group member.
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Moderate Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Environment
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Evidence of chronic aquatic toxicity; acute aquatic toxicity; respiratory effects
This unspecific ingredient, Surfactants, can be found in 331 products.
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Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Surfactants
Very toxic to aquatic life
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Surfactants
Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Surfactants
Asthmagen (allergic)
 
moderate
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Surfactants
Asthmagen
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Surfactants
Causes serious eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Surfactants
A peer-reviewed publication reports quaternary ammonium compounds cause reproductive toxicity in animals.
 
some
 
Vanessa E. Melin, Travis E. Melin, Brian J. Dessify, Christina T. Nguyen, Caroline S. Shea & Terry C. Hrubec. 2015. Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants Cause Subfertility in Mice by Targeting both Male and Female Reproductive Processes. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.).
Surfactants
A peer-reviewed publication reports quaternary ammonium compounds cause reproductive toxicity in animals.
 
some
 
Vanessa E. Melin, Haritha Potineni, Patricia Hunt, Jodi Griswold, Bill Siems, Stephen R. Werre & Terry C. Hrubec. 2014. Exposure to common quaternary ammonium disinfectants decreases fertility in mice. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.) 50, 163-70.
 
 
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