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Call for triclosan ban – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 23rd, 2017.

New Zealand scientists have joined an international group of 200 scientists and medical professionals calling for further restrictions on antimicrobial agents used in consumer products. The Florence Statement, released this week, called for triclosan, triclocarban and other antimicrobial chemicals to be avoided, except in cases where there was a clear, evidence-based health benefit and adequate […]

Testing reveals asbestos in crayons

John Kerr posted in on September 18th, 2015.

Some crayons sold in New Zealand have been found to contain traces of asbestos following random testing by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of asbestos in three of 21 crayon products randomly sampled from the market, but noted the risk to the consumer is considered to be low. […]

FDA crackdown on antibacterial soaps – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2013.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on soap manufacturers to come clean about how effective antibacterial hands washes really are. The government watchdog this week issued a statement saying they expected manufacturers to prove that soaps labelled ‘antibacterial’ provide clear health benefits to balance any potential risks. The FDA said there currently […]

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