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Triclosan is a broad-spectrum antibacterial/anti-microbial agent with a slight aromatic/phenolic odor. This chemical compound is manufactured by Ciba Specialty Chemicals, under their trade names Irgasan or Irgacare, and by many other manufacturers outside of the U.S.

An Evening Standard investigation found dozens of products on supermarket shelves contain Triclosan. Due to its bacteriostatic activity against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, Triclosan has been widely using in personal care products such as toothpaste, deodorants, deodorant soaps, antiperspirants and body washes, dish washing liquids, detergents, lotions and hand soaps, cosmetics and anti-microbial creams. Additionally, it is used as an additive in plastics, polymers and textiles to give these materials antibacterial properties.

Problems Associated with Triclosan

The safety of using Triclosan has been a concern in regard to human and environmental health. According to the manufacturing companies, the product is safe; however, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered it as a pesticide.

Triclosan is a chlorophenol. Externally, Triclosan exposure can cause acute health effects such as skin irritation. However, as Triclosan can temporarily deactivate sensory nerve endings, contact with it may cause no pain.

But the more worrisome problem is that that the molecular structure and chemical formulation of this compound are similar to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth, relating it to dioxins and PCBs. Dioxins are highly carcinogenic chemicals that can cause severe health problems such as cancer, decreased fertility, altered sex hormones, birth defects and weakening of the immune system. Even relatively small amounts of dioxins can have devastating effects.

Interaction between Triclosan and tap water is another concern. A new study by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute has found that Triclosan reacts with chlorine molecules in tap water and forms chlorinated dioxins, which are highly toxic forms of dioxin. The study was conducted using dishwashing soap containing Triclosan. So, the researchers think that chlorinated dioxins are forming in kitchen sinks across the country. The study also discovered that that the combination of tap water and Triclosan produces significant quantities of chloroform, a known carcinogen.

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