Environmental Defence Time to Ban Triclosan From Household Use

Time to Ban Triclosan From Household Use

Triclosan, the active ingredient in most antibacterial products, is a known endocrine disruptor, which can cause thyroid problems and cancer. The Canadian Medical Association has called for it to be banned from consumer products, out of concern that triclosan could contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs". Triclosan also contaminates the environment, washing down our drains to pollute rivers and lakes.

Triclosan has not been shown to have an added health benefit, and the long term effects of chronic low-grade exposure in humans are unknown. Yet, through the proliferation of triclosan in consumer products, Canadians are subject to chronic exposure to this chemical, which has been shown to mimic hormones, and pollute waterways.

Canadians should not be brushing their teeth and washing their dishes with a cancer-causing chemical. We urge Health Canada to ban the household use of triclosan.

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