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As the number of antibacterial products grows, so does the presence of antibacterial chemical triclosan--along with fears from many scientists that this spread is contributing to antibiotic resistance, and a rise in "superbugs." On March 30, 2012, Health Canada and Environment Canada published a preliminary assessment of triclosan, officially commencing a 60 day comment period. In light of this comment period, Environmental Defence recommends a mandatory ban on triclosan in household products to protect the health of Canadians and the environment.
For more information for consumers about where to find triclosan and how to avoid it, check out our triclosan guide.
Take Action: Time to Ban Triclosan From Household Use