More Environmental Trouble For Triclosan & Antibacterial Products


If you’re familiar with the massive industrial chemical epidemic we’ve been dealing with for the last 30 years, than this new finding should come as no surprise to you.  A compound (Triclosan) found in antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, toothpastes and other products is increasing in Minnesota lakes and rivers  according to research by the University of Minnesota.  We recently exposed the chemical triclosan, in our article Can We Really Trust Antimicrobial Soaps? .  Did you know:  81,000 chemicals have been registered with the EPA in the last 30 years and fewer than 20% have been tested for toxicity.

The research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, said triclosan is being found more often in MinnesotaTriclosan Antibacterial waters.

University scientists and researches from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s St. Croix Watershed Research Station studied sediment from eight lakes of various sizes.

Researchers found an increasing amount of triclosan derivatives that form when the compound is exposed to chlorine during the waste water treatment process.  When exposed to sunlight, triclosan and its derivatives form dioxins that could harm the environment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined the evidence is insufficient to recommend limiting the use of the antibiotic compound, but the FDA and the EPA continue to study effects.  Somehow I don’t feel comforted in the fact that the “Food & Drug Administration” is stating what is & isn’t considered good for the Environment.  And the EPA is questionable at best in terms of truly protecting the environment.

The compound, introduced to the market in the early 1970’s, is found in many products, including soaps and body washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, dish washing liquid and kitchenware.

Beyond its use in toothpaste to prevent gingivitis, the FDA has found no evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes is more beneficial that washing with regular soap and water.

These nasty chemicals get put recklessly into everyday products and then end up destroying lakes, streams, rivers and our drinking water.

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