Draft assessment on triclosan released.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
The federal government released its preliminary assessment report for triclosan on March 31, 2012. The report concludes that although the chemical poses no danger to human health, its possible risks to the environment, including its potential to accumulate in aquatic organisms, may require additional management measures.
Triclosan (5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol phenol (fē`nōl), C6H5OH, a colorless, crystalline solid that melts at about 41°C;, boils at 182°C;, and is soluble in ethanol and ether and somewhat soluble in water. ) is an antibacterial and antifungal agent found in over 1,600 personal care products, as well as treated materials such as rubber or plastic. The estimated human exposure is thousands of times smaller than that which causes health effects in laboratory animals, and under aerobic conditions triclosan breaks down quickly in air, water, soil and sediment. But since it's so widely used, low levels of triclosan are present in the environment, particularly near wastewater treatment plants.
Triclosan is already on the federal government's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist A listing of the best of something. It typically refers to the most popular Web sites.
(World-Wide Web) hotlist - (From hypertext "hot spot") A document on the World-Wide Web or a user's browser configuration file containing hypertext links, often unorganised and , which restricts its concentration to 0.03 per cent or less in mouthwash mouthwash /mouth·wash/ (mouth´wosh) a solution for rinsing the mouth.
A medicated liquid for cleaning the mouth and treating diseased mucous membranes. and 0.3 per cent or less in other cosmetic products. In a statement, the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association said the industry would be reviewing the science and was committed to working with the government and other stakeholders to address the environmental concerns. "Meanwhile, Toronto-based Environmental Defence is pushing for an outright ban due to concerns over the potential of triclosan to act as an endocrine disruptor. In mid-May the group released a report in which they highlighted detectable levels of triclosan in the urine of several Canadian celebrities. In March 2010, the Canadian Medical Association The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), with more than 65,000 members, is the largest association of doctors in Canada and works to represent their interests nationally. It formed in 1867, three months after Confederation. issued a Public Health Issue Briefing calling for a ban on household antibacterial products--including those that contain triclosan--due to the potential for increased bacterial resistance. The triclosan assessment cites European and Australian studies that show no clear link between products containing triclosan and increased antibacterial resistance.