Tell EPA to get pesticides out of your soap!
Triclosan is the active ingredient in a wide range of antibacterial household and personal care products, from deodorant to toothpaste, trash bags to cleaning supplies. A hormone disruptor, the chemical interferes with estrogen, androgen and thyroid hormones, and can impact fetal development.
Studies have found that antibacterials like triclosan can create “superbacteria” resistant to antibiotics, and that soap and water are just as effective at preventing disease. The triclosan products now lining supermarket shelves should never have been approved.
EPA is now reviewing the citizen petition to get triclosan out of consumer products, filed last year by our colleagues at Beyond Pesticides and supported by PAN and more than 80 other health and environmental groups across the country. Voice your support today!
Science shows that triclosan threatens human health, contaminates water, and persists in the environment. Its use has been linked to endocrine disruption, the proliferation of antimicrobial- and possibly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and to the contamination of compost and agricultural fertilizer with toxic and persistent breakdown products including dioxins and other endocrine disruptors.
Since antimicrobial soap is no more effective than regular soap and water at reducing bacteria and preventing infection, consumers derive no benefit from its use, while the hazards mentioned above pose significant risks.
I sincerely hope your agency takes the threats posed by triclosan seriously and moves quickly to rid consumer products of this chemical.