Why Is There Still an Endocrine Disruptor In My Toothpaste?
Almost five years ago John claimed There's A Frog Disruptor In My Soap, and ever since we have been wondering why a chemical that does more harm than good is in our deodorants, hand cleaners and even our toothpaste. The FDA is studying it and now the EPA is looking closely as well. The EPA gets a look-in on what one would think was FDA turf because of those tadpoles; Triclosan turns them into John's frogs faster.
FDA Finally Looking At Endocrine Disruptor Triclosan
The public can chime in alongside Beyond Pesticides and Food and Water Watch and 82 other public health officials and environmental groups by going to Regulations.gov and submitting a comment. The EPA explains:
Triclosan is an antimicrobial substance used in pesticide products, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and other consumer products. The petitioners claim that the ``pervasive and widespread use'' of triclosan poses significant risks to human health and the environment. In addition, the petitioners claim that the agency failed to address the impacts posed by triclosan's degradation products on human health and the environment, failed to conduct separate assessments for triclosan residues in contaminated drinking water and food, and is complacent in seriously addressing concerns related to antibacterial resistance and endocrine disruption. EPA has established a public docket, which contains a copy of the petition and will contain all comments received in response to this notice. The docket may be accessed as described in this notice.
The stuff is now found in 55% of our rivers and 75% of our bodies. If the government isn't moving fast enough, vote with your wallet and avoid the products listed below; as Dr. David Ozonoff, an epidemiologist and professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health, put it in the Boston Globe:
"If there's no evidence that this thing is going to do me any good and there may be some risk," he said, "why would I screw around with it?"
Products with Triclosan in them, according to Food and Water Watch:
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Body Scrub Bar
- Lever 2000 Special Moisture Response Bar Soap, Antibacterial
- CVS Antibacterial Hand Soap
- Dial Liquid Soap, Antibacterial Bar Soap
- Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap
- Cetaphil Gentle Antibacterial Cleansing Bar
- Clearasil Daily Face Wash
- Clean & Clear Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser
- Dawn Complete Antibacterial Dish Liquid
- Ajax Antibacterial Dish Liquid
- Colgate Total Toothpaste
- Right Guard Sport Deodorant
- Old Spice Red Zone, High Endurance and Classic Deodorants
- Vaseline Intensive Care Antibacterial Hand Lotion
More on Triclosan:
There's A Frog Disruptor In My Soap
Antibacterial Cleaners Do More Harm Than Good
"Frog Disruptor In My Soap", Revisited
Why Is There Still a Frog Disruptor In My Toothpaste?
Germ Fighters Lead to Hardier Germs
Canadian Medical Association Calls for Ban on Triclosan