News Advisory: New report on health and environmental threats of “anti-bacterial” consumer products (to be released July 10 at noon)

Jul 08 2014

What: Release of a new report on the health and environmental threats posed by two common ingredients in “anti-bacterial” consumer products – triclosan and triclocarban

When: Thursday, July 10th at 12 noon Eastern Time

Where: This is a news conference call. To participate, dial in to 1-888-289-4573 and enter passcode: 1631766#

The call will be followed by a photo / filming opportunity on the Lake Ontario waterfront in Toronto (details below).

Who: The call will feature remarks from:

Dr. Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, and an expert on triclosan and triclocarban

Fe de Leon, Canadian Environmental Law Association researcher who commissioned the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals assessment of triclosan and triclocarban

Bev Thorpe, from Clean Production Action, the organization that hosts the GreenScreen® chemical assessment tool

Dr. Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, University of California San Francisco, practicing physician and reproductive health researcher

Background: The Canadian Environmental Law Association commissioned the use of a comprehensive new screening tool, called GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, to assess the health and environmental impacts of two substances – triclosan and triclocarban – that are now found in hundreds of consumer products. These substances have been added to everything from soaps and cleaning products to clothing to give them “anti bacterial” qualities. But the GreenScreen assessment shows that our lakes and rivers -- and our personal health -- could be at risk from this push to make products stand out on crowded store shelves.

  • First comprehensive assessment and ranking of these two chemicals against a wide range of environmental and health impacts
  • Follows on the heels of the State of Minnesota’s decision to ban triclosan in personal care and cleaning products by 2017
  • Major implications found for the Great Lakes and other waterbodies

Prior to the call, we will be releasing a report, Chemicals in Consumer Products are Draining Trouble into the Great Lakes Ecosystems, summarizing the GreenScreen findings as well as the full GreenScreen technical assessments. The GreenScreen Reports and related materials will be posted on-line here: http://www.cela.ca/triclosan-and-triclocarban.

One-on one interviews (phone or video) with the report authors can also be arranged.

For further information:
Brad Cundiff
416-535-0205
647-298-5125 cell
brad@glcommunications.ca