Triclosan

Over the past few years, the presence of the chemical substance triclosan in consumer products has been of concern to regulators and lawmakers. These chemicals are found in a variety of products, including antibacterial soaps as well as toothpaste, acting as either a preservative or active ingredient. For many years, products have been manufactured with triclosan as an ingredient; however, several studies have brought up concerns about the ingredients’ safety. NGO’s like the David Suzuki Foundation allege that skin penetration and hormone disruption are two possible effects that triclosan is capable of. These conclusions are drawn from several animal tests. However, no formal evidence exists that triclosan has the same effect on humans.  In Canada, the use of triclosan is limited to 0.03% in mouthwashes, 0.3% in other products, and 1.0% in products regulated as drugs. Although Health Canada claims triclosan is safe for human use, NGO’s speculate hazard from the fact that triclosan is not easily degradable, and its concentration builds up. The US FDA has a similar stance to Health Canada in that it does not identify the ingredient as hazardous. However, the state of Minnesota has already implemented a ban on the ingredient, backed by scientific evidence of its detrimental effects on health and the environment, giving unfortunate credibility to these concerns.