Washington – The Federal Food and Drug Administration announced 9-2-16 that Triclosan, a toxic pesticide ingredient, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial liquid hand soaps and bar soaps. They will be allowed to put the banned pesticide in your mouth and your child’s mouth in Colgate toothpastes.
Studies in animals have shown that Triclosan can disrupt your normal hormonal development of the reproductive system and metabolism. Rolf Halden, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has been tracking the Triclosan issue since 2004. He says, “They (Triclosan and Triclocarbans) had absolutely no benefit, but we kept them buzzing around us everywhere. They are in breast milk, in urine, in blood, in babies just born, in dust, in water.”
Halden has published his finding on what appeared to be the risks of Triclocarbans in 2004. He said it is an older chemical, part of the family of organochlorines, like DDT and Hexachlorophene, some of which were eventually banned. Newer chemicals are much lighter on the environment, he said, but Triclocarban takes a very long time to disappear. In one study in New York City, for example, his team found traces of it that dated to the 1960’s.
Finally we will have them taken out of out soaps but protect your children and your self from these chemicals that risk scrambling hormones in children and promoting drug-resistant infections by avoiding Colgate toothpastes.
Read my prior blogs on the best, effective, and safest toothpastes, like Tooth & Gums products and others, to get better options for your family and you.
Alex Formuzis (ewg.org) and Sabrina Tavernise (The New York Times)
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