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Triclosan [5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol; TCS] is a synthetic, broad-spectrum antibacterial chemical used in a wide range of consumer products including soaps, cosmetics, therapeutics, and plastics. The general population is exposed to TCS because of its prevalence in a variety of daily care products as well as through waterborne contamination. TCS is linked to a multitude of health and environmental effects, ranging from endocrine disruption and impaired muscle contraction to effects on aquatic ecosystems.
Through a long-term feeding study, we found that TCS enhances hepatocyte proliferation, fibrogenesis, and oxidative stress, which, we believe, can be the driving force for developing advanced liver disease in mice. Indeed, TCS strongly enhances hepatocarcinogenesis after diethylnitrosamine initiation, accelerating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. Although animal studies require higher chemical concentrations than predicted for human exposure, this study demonstrates that TCS acts as a HCC tumor promoter and that the mechanism of TCS-induced mouse liver pathology may be relevant to humans.
Triclosan can pass through skin and is suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists detected triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 per cent of those tested (2,517 people ages six years and older). The European Union classifies triclosan as irritating to the skin and eyes, and as very toxic to aquatic organisms, noting that it may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment. Environment Canada likewise categorized triclosan as potentially toxic to aquatic organisms, bioaccumulative, and persistent. In other words, it doesn't easily degrade and can build up in the environment after it has been rinsed down the shower drain. In the environment, triclosan also reacts to form dioxins, which bioaccumulate and are toxic. The extensive use of triclosan in consumer products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan.
Health Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist limits the concentration of triclosan to 0.03 per cent in mouthwashes and 0.3 per cent in other cosmetics. The problem is that triclosan is used in so many products that the small amounts found in each product add up — particularly since the chemical does not readily degrade.
The European Commission has published a regulation, 35/2014, which amends Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, covering cosmetic products.
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) considered that the continued use of triclosan as a preservative at the current maximum concentration limit of 0.3 % in all cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer because of cumulative exposure effects. However, they considered that its use at a maximum concentration of 0.3 % in toothpastes, hand soaps, body soaps/shower gels and deodorants, face powders and blemish concealers is safe. In addition, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) considered that other uses of triclosan – in nail products where the intended use is to clean the fingernails and toenails before the application of artificial nail systems at a maximum concentration of 0.3 % and in mouthwashes at a maximum concentration of 0.2 % are safe for the consumer.
Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a bill legalizing a measure banning triclosan-containing products in the state... The exceptions to this rule are individual products that have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for consumer use.
Triclosan is not "naturally" in breast milk. It ends up in breast milk due to the mothers exposer and ingestion of it.
A second intercontinental migration ensued in 2011. This time to Washington DC and the National Institutes of Health,* where she works at making clinical effectiveness research accessible with the PubMed Health team.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a biomedical research facility primarily located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. An agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research
However, senator Marty describes the US regulatory system as “one that does not operate under a "precautionary" approach, where regulators err on the side of public safety when determining whether it is acceptable to use a chemical like triclosan”.
He says, instead it tends to allow chemicals or products to be produced and sold, even if there are health concerns, until there is very strong, almost incontrovertible, evidence that the product will cause significant harm.
“This is problematic when the public assumes that government regulators would not allow people to sell products that may harm them. Nevertheless, that is the reality,” he adds.
Do you have any criticisms of the actual argument other than another non sequitur?