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Procter and Gamble, the world’s largest personal care company, has announced plans to phase out the use of the controversial ingredient triclosan from its product range.

The move has come after growing pressure from advocacy groups and continued investigations into the safety of the compound by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Triclosan is a chemical that inhibits or stops the spread of bacteria and is still very much in use in products such as toothpastes, deodorants and hand washes and sanitisers. It is not currently known to be hazardous to humans, however animal studies have linked the chemical to heart, muscle and hormone problems.

After mice were exposed to just one dose of triclosan, heart function was reduced by 25 percent and grip strength was reduced by 18 percent. These findings are particularly worrying considering the multiple times that we unwittingly consume triclosan on a daily basis.

Many alcohol based hand sanitisers still contain triclosan even though the products efficacy has been questioned as well as its safety concerns. EcoHydra does not contain triclosan and is 100% alcohol-free and non-toxic. To ensure you don’t expose yourself to any risk while the dangers of triclosan are further investigated check product ingredient labels before you buy.

Even though the product was first registered in the US in 1969 as a pesticide it has been used in the hygiene and personal care industry even since. The move by P&G has been widely welcomed but companies such as Colgate still use the chemical and defend its use.

Written by PAUL WILSON — September 09, 2013

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