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Resource ID: #14330
Subject: Consumer Affairs
Source: Living on Earth
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Date: 3/21

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An investigation of new, anti-microbial plastics in consumer products. The material, "microban" uses the same active ingredient (Triclosan) that is in anti-bacterial soaps. For the past 30 years the FDA has been investigating Triclosan and has NOT found it either safe or effective. Federal authorities are most concerned about the use of Triclosan in and around children. Nevertheless, Triclosan use in soaps and plastics has exploded and is being used in toys. The company that produces the basic chemical has issued a warning about its use around children and the manufacturers of soaps and plastic have never done studies showing it as safe or effective. As a result of the investigation, the EPA imposed a $100,000 fine on Hasbro (the toy company) and ordered the firm to change all of its advertising and packaging which included health claims associated with the use of it's products incorporating Triclosan. The story concludes with a look toward the future: toothpaste makers were planning on introducing products that included Triclosan. These are now on the market. Also, despite manufacturer's claims, germs are becoming immune to the effects of Triclosan.

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