New Research Rouses More Debate on Safety of Triclosan
24 Aug, 2012
Hello, triclosan, we meet again.
Despite studies linking the common antibacterial chemical to sex hormone and fetal development disruption, triclosan continues to pop up in many everyday personal care products, particularly hand sanitizers and liquid soaps. New research once again puts this ingredient in the limelight, reporting that it also could have negative effects on muscle function.
The research from the University of California and the University of Colorado linked triclosan to significantly impaired muscle function, finding that it had a “dramatic” effect on the heart, according to the researchers. The most startling finding was that mice exposed to the chemical had a 25 percent reduction in heart function within 20 minutes of triclosan exposure.
The great triclosan debate continues
It’s no surprise, really, that the American Cleaning Institute (ACI)—which works with various conventional manufacturers of antibacterial cleaning products—fought back against the research, arguing that the dosage used was too high for the test subjects (mice and fish) to offer an accurate snapshot of the chemical’s potential effects on the body. Meanwhile, the scientists who conducted the study say that the dosages were the same as those found in personal care products.
The debate will continue—and manufacturers will continue to use this ingredient in the absence of tighter regulations. But this seems to be some of the more compelling triclosan research we’ve seen, which will hopefully urge more companies to pay attention to the potential risks.