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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 […]

Should NZ ban triclosan in antibacterial soaps? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2016.

Following the United States FDA banning some antibacterial products, like handsoaps, because they contain an environmentally-damaging ingredient – the debate has reignited about whether New Zealand should follow suit. Triclosan – a product in many types of antibacterial soaps, children’s toys and toothpaste – has been found to have detrimental effects in the environment, where […]

Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

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