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Triclosan

General Information

  • Fact Sheet: triclosan-factsheet-3-09.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Chlorinated phenol biocide
  • Uses: Synthetic broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent in Consumer products, soaps, deodorants, plastics, toothpastes, etc.
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Suggestive Evidence (57, 63)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Yes (7)
  • Reproductive Effects: Suggestive Evidence (64, 65)
  • Neurotoxicity: Suggestive Evidence (58)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (7)
  • Birth/Developmental: Suggestive Evidence (58, 59)
  • Detected in Groundwater: Yes (60, 61)
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (7, 62)
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information