Triclosan was first introduced in the United States in 1969 and has been on the market for 40 years. For a long time, it was mainly used only in hospitals and when its use crept out of industry and into homes, critics quickly began to raise health concerns about the chemical, but the question with any chemical is whether the benefits outweigh the risks of using it.
Triclosan is a chlorinated bisphenol antiseptic and useful against Gram-positive and most Gram-negative bacteria but with poor activity against Pseudomonas species. In India, lot of antibacterial soaps, antimicrobial hand washes, sanitizers, body washes, deodorants and some toothpastes contain Triclosan of upto 2% in concentration or its bad cousin Triclocarban.
Ban on Triclosan:
Triclosan was already banned in Canada and planned to be banned from Minnesota in 2017. In USA, the FDA called on manufacturers of products using triclosan to prove otherwise and set September 2016 as the deadline. After that date, products containing that chemical will be taken off the market. Many companies, including Proctor & Gamble, Johnson and Johnson are redesigning their products in response to the FDA’s query into triclosan.
Indeed, In India, the only way to stop the spread of toxic triclosan is to take it off the market by stop buying them. To guide our visitors to help make India Triclosan Free, here we have listed all the products that contain Triclosan in India. Please avoid using them and stop buying them anymore.
List of Products that contain Triclosan:
Colgate Total Toothpaste (Indian Version)
Dabur Fem Soft Handz
Sach Hand washes
Reliance Externa Soap/Hanswashes
Care Mate Germ Control Hand Wash
Old Spice Classic Deodorant
Savlon Hand wash
*if you know any other product that contains Triclosan, Please comment below…
What’s so Bad about Triclosan?
Triclosan can pass through your skin and is suspected to interfere with hormone function. Specifically, the chemical disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists detected triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 per cent of those tested (2,517 people ages six years and older). Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2265044/
One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing that chemical. Concerns on the health effects of triclosan have been raised after it was detected in human breast milk, blood, and urine samples. A limited body of research has explored how triclosan affects breast cancer cells.
Of the baby rats whose mothers ingested a higher dosage of triclocarban, none survived longer than 6 days. Only 4 of 30 babies whose mothers were fed a lower dose of triclocarban lived to be weaned at 21 days, the amount of triclocarban in the pregnant rats’ blood corresponded to the amount found in human blood after a 15-minute shower using an antibacterial soap containing 0.6 percent triclocarban. Source: http://www.newswise.com/articles/chemical-in-antibacterial-soap-fed-to-nursing-rats-harms-offspring
Triclosan creates the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria which can lead to complications in treating diseases as well as new evidence that shows prolonged exposure to triclosan in children leads higher chance of developing allergies. At least two million people in the United States fall sick, and about 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infections every year.
Studies have revealed that triclosan in soaps reacts with chlorinated water to produce inappropriately high levels of chloroform. Recently scientists have found triclosan in dolphins that swim off the east coast of the United States, which means it’s ‘out there’ everywhere, and moving through the ocean’s food chain.
More about Triclosan:
As for the benefit of triclosan, that actually doesn’t seem to be much. Consumer soaps with triclosan actually aren’t any more effective at preventing infectious illness and reducing bacteria. Evidence does suggest that triclosan in toothpaste may reduce plaque and gum inflammation compared with normal toothpaste.
Simple solutions to avoid Triclosan:
- Check for Triclosan or Triclocarban on ingredient list for soaps and other personal care products especially for products labeled anti bacterial, anti-microbial or anti-fungal.
- If you use hand sanitizer stick to alcohol-based ones whch are less likely to contain Triclosan.
- When looking for Triclosan in plastics & fabrics, its is also labeled as Microban or Biofresh.