Promising antibacterial soap to kill germs seem to get along in society. But already there are many studies that state that antibacterial soap containing triclosan and triclocarban can endanger human health and the environment.
Triclosan and triclocarban has been associated with endocrine disorders, with the negative impact of sexual and neurological development. In addition to antibacterial soaps, triclosan is also frequently used in toothpaste and cosmetics.
Even when it was first discovered 50 years ago, these compounds are also used to clean the skin surface during surgery. Other studies have found that compounds in toothpaste triclosan supposed to prevent bacteria growth, even causing bacteria more resistant to antibiotics.
Laboratory studies indicate this compound may cause mutation of genes in several species of bacteria, including E coli, salmonella and listeria.
It is feared that a mutation that would make the treatment of infections become ineffective. Not only that, recent research also found that triclosan and triclocarban can damage the environment, especially water and soil pollution.
Reported by Medindia on Monday (15/11/2010), triclosan and triclocarban wastes carried by water will be mixed with soil and natural water environment. Triclocarban triclosan and hazardous waste because it can not be broken for months and even years.
Chemicals from these compounds consists of a chlorinated benzene ring structure, so that makes it very difficult to be broken or loose.In addition, both compounds are also water-repellent or hydrophobic, tend to stick to the particles, which decreased the availability of transport facilitation process and long-term damage in the water and air.
In fact, one study found that the accumulation of triclosan in water pollution on the beach, which in turn threatens the lives of dolphins.
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