Triclosan and Triclocarban

Needless and Dangerous Antibacterial Chemicals That Should be Prohibited in Consumer Goods

CELA has commissioned the use of a comprehensive screening tool, the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, to assess the health and environmental impacts of triclosan and triclocarban – found in hundreds of consumer products. Results show that our lakes and rivers -- and our health -- could be at risk from this push to make products stand out on crowded store shelves. These are the first comprehensive assessments and ranking of these two chemicals against a wide range of environmental and health impacts. Major implications exist for the Great Lakes and other waterbodies.       

Image by Jason Drees, the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Produced for: Rolf U. Halden, On the Need and Speed of Regulating Triclosan and Triclocarban in the United States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2014, 48, 3603−3611. Reproduced with permission.

Note: Reports and related outreach materials will be webposted by 10 AM, July 10th

Media Releases and Blogs

Government's Low Reduction Targets for the Widely Used Antimicrobial Substance Triclosan Continue to Disappoint Environmentalists: Lacks protection for Canadian Lakes, Rivers, and Human Health
Environment and Health Groups call on Canadian Government to Prohibit Triclosan in All Products
Antibacterial Chemicals are Polluting Our Waterways
Your soap may be toxic when flushed down the drain: New GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals Tool Identifies Hazardous Chemicals in Common Household Products
Triclosan and the Great Lakes
News Advisory: New report on health and environmental threats of “anti-bacterial” consumer products (to be released July 10 at noon)