Statement by Environmental Defence’s Muhannad Malas on the U.S. Government Ban on Antimicrobials Triclosan and Triclocarban

Toronto, ON – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a ban on antimicrobial chemicals triclosan and triclocarban in over-the-counter hand and body washes. Environmental Defence applauds the FDA’s decision to ban these harmful and unnecessary chemicals and calls on the Canadian government to follow suit with an immediate ban.

Triclosan and triclocarban are suspected hormone disruptors and have been linked to cancer and reproductive health problems. Their wide use as antimicrobial agents in products may have also contributed to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Triclosan was declared toxic to the environment by the Canadian government in 2012, but has yet to restrict its use in personal care products. Hundred of products that Canadians use daily continue to may contain triclosan or triclocarban.

Manufacturers in the U.S. will now have one year to remove or reformulate products that contain triclosan and triclocarban. The Canadian government has to mirror the ban quickly to avoid Canada becoming a dumping ground for products containing these harmful ingredients. These chemicals continue to put the health and environment of Canadians at risk, and offer no apparent hygienic benefits for consumers. Washing your hands with warm water and regular soap has been shown to be equally effective.

With the U.S. banning these unnecessary and harmful chemicals, it’s high time Ottawa takes swift action to protect the health of all Canadians.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Tim Ehlich, Environmental Defence, 647-468-3641 (cell); tehlich@environmentaldefence.ca

 

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For further information contact:

Tim Ehlich, Environmental Defence, 647-468-3641 (cell); tehlich@environmentaldefence.ca