Minnesota has become the first state to ban the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. These products include soaps, deodorants, toothpaste and even children’s toys. The ban will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
Ironically, according to the Food and Drug Administration, the antibacterial agent may ultimately lead to the development of more resilient bacteria which may, in turn, prove to be detrimental for one’s health.
Ever felt a slight cramping or dryness after using liquid anti-bacterial soap? These are probably the negative effects of triclosan, which is known to supposedly impair muscle function as well.
The FDA also claims that “there's no evidence that triclosan soaps are any more effective than washing with plain soap and water for preventing the spread of diseases.” Furthermore, one of the authors of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences told Smithsonian, "Triclosan is found in virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the environment. These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health."
It is concerning that the products supposed to fight bacteria are leading to the development of more resilient bacteria. Same is the case with antibiotics.
According to a World Health Organization report, a “post-antibiotic era” may be a very real possibility.
The development of resilient bacteria may enable even minor injuries and common infections to kill human beings.