Science Blog – Waterways polluted with anti-bacterial handsoap toxin


This article from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of public health, mentions a potential environmental issue I’ve never heard before — high levels of triclocarban in public waters.

”It’s somewhat unsettling that we’ve been using this persistent disinfectant for almost half a century at rates approaching 1 million pounds per year and still have essentially no idea of what exactly happens to the compound after we flush it down the drain. Further studies are needed to determine the effect of triclocarban on aquatic life and potential pathways of unwanted human exposure,” said Dr. Halden.

So what are the options for soap? Lisa has convinced me that just “plain soap” isn’t sufficient if you are dealing with raw meat. Maybe we should use it in moderation… hmm.

I found the article over at Science Blog:
Science Blog – Waterways polluted with anti-bacterial handsoap toxin

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  1. #1 by Betty U on August 19, 2004 - 8:53 pm

    Regular soap is sufficient dealing w/raw meat. If you are concerned further.. 1 TBSP of bleach in 1 qt water will deal with anything else.

    These anti bacterial products are both harmful and misleading. Kind of hard to get away from them nowdays.

  2. #2 by Betty U on August 19, 2004 - 8:53 pm

    Hi Jon!!!

  3. #3 by Jon on August 20, 2004 - 10:55 am

    You have a good point. This agrees with you… http://home.howstuffworks.com/question692.htm

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