Lawmakers work to ban ‘Triclosan,’ found in anti-bacterial soaps and detergents

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – State lawmakers and environmental advocates are calling for a common chemical, found in most anti-bacterial soaps and detergents, to be banned.

Triclosan is often added to soaps, cosmetics, clothing, cookware, even furniture and toys to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Recent studies have shown the chemical can alter hormone regulation in animals and may be harmful to the human immune system.

One of the biggest concerns is that it might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs.

“There is no evidence that triclosan is any more effective than handwashing with soap and water. Antimicrobial agents, like triclosan, belong in a hospital setting, not on your kitchen counter,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, (d) 16th District.

Most major consumer brands have already changed their formula and eliminated triclosan. But it’s still widely found in store and other generic brands.

Schimel hopes to have the bill passed before the legislative session ends on June 16.

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