Canada all set ban triclosan

Canada all set to ban triclosan

5:06 AM, 30th March 2012
Canada all set to ban triclosan
Triclosan, a bacteria-fighting chemical additive commonly used in a wide range of household product including toothpaste, is set to be declared toxic to the environment by the federal government.

OTTAWA, CANADA: The federal government of Canada is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment. Health Canada has been probing the effects of triclosan on the body’s endocrine system and whether the antibacterial agent contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance. After the completion of the government’s draft risk assessment, it is found that triclosan is toxic to the environment but there’s not enough evidence to say it’s hazardous to human health.

A toxic designation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act triggers a process to find ways to curtail a chemical’s use, including a possible ban in a range of personal-care products. Canada’s proposed toxic designation comes as other regulators wrestle with what to do with triclosan. The US Food and Drug Administration already has said existing data raise ‘valid concerns’ about the possible health effects of repetitive daily exposure to triclosan and is expected is unveil its own risk assessment next winter.

Currently, the American regulator’s position is triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans but animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation and that it warrants further review. The Canadian government reviewed the safety of triclosan under the government’s Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). When chemicals are deemed to be toxic to human health or the environment under this programme, the government then outlines risk-management steps to be taken to protect people or the environment.

“There’s evidence that triclosan is a thyroid toxin. There is now a mountain of scientific evidences that triclosan is doing nasty things to aquatic organisms. Because so much of it is being used in our kitchens and bathrooms, it’s going down the drain and winding up in lakes and rivers at increasing levels,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence, Canada.

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