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Alert: Triclocarban in shower gels!


Already under scrutiny after several surveys targeted its safety, Triclocarban, a preservative used in washing gels and deodorants, is once more warned against.

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March 10, 2011

A preliminary study published March 7 in the US Environmental Science andTechnology has shown a causal link between repeated use of personal care products containing Triclocarban as antibacterial preservative and inhibition of biological functions of the body.

The scientists measured human urine concentrations 0−72 h after showering with a commercial bar soap containing 0.6 % of Triclocarban and found evidence that the absorption of the chemical increased along the frequency of exposure. Confirming the biological consequences of this continuous exposure, an in vitro inhibition of enzyme activity due this preservative was detected.
As a conclusion, the study calls for further investigation the effects of long-term exposure to Triclocarban , as the chemical has been shown to inhibit enzyme function in vitro.

For further informations
Environnemental Science and Technologie

Complete file on Triclosan and Triclocarban (in French)
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