What's all the fuss about? Re-nest writes:
"While the debate about the potential human and environmental dangers of triclosan is still being duked out, it has not been categorized as hazardous. There are three major issues that give the FDA reason for concern. First, it is under scrutiny as an endocrine system disruptor. Second, there is the question of whether it is creating antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Third, triclosan levels are on the rise in our drinking water and rivers. When combined with water, triclosan produces dangerous chloroform gas that causes liver damage in humans and destroys wildlife in our environment."
While the FDA hasn't seen it as a hazard yet -- even though it is already banned in the EU -- they are currently performing tests because "several scientific studies have come out since the last time FDA reviewed this ingredient that merit further review."
To be on the safe side, you could choose to start switching from products that contain triclosan. Re-Nest gives a list of its other forms:
* To avoid it in personal care products, look for triclosan and its alternative names: Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum. It also has a close cousin called triclocarban.
* To avoid it in plastics and clothing, look for triclosan and its alternative name Microban.
* To avoid it in acrylic fibers, look for triclosan and its alternative name Biofresh.
Alternative names quick list: Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum. It also has a close cousin called triclocarban. Microban in plastics and clothing. Biofresh in acrylic fibers.
Read more about the harmful effects of triclosan in this article by the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides and on the EPA's website.
Information via Re-Nest; photo via Business Ethics.