Antibacterial Hand Cleansers - Causing Harm?

From: Robina Suwol
Date: 29 Mar 2007
Time: 14:20:32
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Antibacterial Hand Cleansers - Causing Harm?

From the Organic Consumers Association
March 7, 2007

A new study published on the Environmental Science & Technology website found that triclosan, a widely used ingredient in antibacterial hand sterilization products, combines with chlorine in tap water to make the toxin chloroform. The researchers found that people using these products would be exposed to chloroform levels 40 percent higher than that found in tap water. Chloroform is a toxic chemical and a probable carcinogen.

Previous studies have shown that the overuse of antibacterial soaps produces "super bacteria" that are able to survive exposure to antibacterial products. It is recommended that such products be used on limited and minimal levels.

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