- 09/26/2012 (foodandwaterwatch.org)
There is a dangerous substance still being widely used in the U.S. despite evidence that it is a real and imminent threat to public and environmental health. Most products labeled as “antibacterial,” “antimicrobial,” “Microban” or “Biofresh” contain this dangerous chemical called triclosan.
Triclosan is a pesticide that has been popping up in products we use everyday like soap, toothpaste, deodorant and even baby changing stations. It is so dangerous that it was banned in Japan and Canada, and classified as an irritant — dangerous for the environment and very toxic to aquatic organisms — by the EU. It persists in the environment and is recognized, like BPA, as an endocrine disruptor — a substance that interferes with the body’s hormones.