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CONSUMERS: Don’t use anti-bacterial products with Triclosan

Letter by Peggy A. Thompson, Tacoma on Dec. 26, 2012 at 10:54 am with No Comments »
December 26, 2012 12:47 pm

Once again, popular consumer products infused with agents touted to be safe and effective for years against one thing or another have been proven otherwise. I am referring to the many anti-bacterial soaps, body washes and more that contain the chemical, Triclosan.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published information on the chemical, stating that it found no evidence that Triclosan added to these products provides any benefit over washing with plain soap and water.

Animal studies have found that Triclosan alters hormone regulation. Canada has declared the chemical to be an environmental toxin and is taking steps to ban its use there. It has been found to be toxic to marine life and is polluting our waters.

Consumer product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will be gradually phasing out Triclosan from its products by the end of 2015. But why wait? We can all do our part to protect ourselves, our families and the environment by not buying products that contain Triclosan.

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