What’s wrong with antibacterials? Antibacterial products don’t actually keep people any healthier — and in fact, are made with chemicals called triclosan and triclocarban, chemicals that pose health and environmental risks. NRDC lays out the risks succinctly in its press release about the lawsuit
Laboratory studies have shown that these chemicals are endocrine-disruptors capable of interfering with hormones critical for normal development and reproduction. Such hormonal interference has the potential to cause long-term health problems including poor sperm quality and infertility, and damage to the developing brain leading to poor learning and memory. Several studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban also may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Basically, antibacterial chemicals could make you stupid, sterile and sick. I have known about the health risks of antibacterial chemicals for a while, but through NRDC’s lawsuit, I learned another interesting antibacterial factoid — “FDA first proposed a rule that would have removed these chemicals from soaps in 1978.” Now, 32 years later, that rule still remains a proposal. NRDC’s lawsuit seeks to enforce this rule by asking the courts to impose a deadline on the FDA.