Triclosan has long been used as a common ingredient in hand sanitizers, shampoo, soaps and toothpastes. But as the recent study by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) shows, it also has a conspicuous presence in lakes, waterways, human breast milk and blood plasma. The Germany-based organization conducted extensive research on the quality of water in the Elbe River Basin with a completely unexpected result. It has been found that the water of the river in the region retains a much higher level of triclosan than it was previously supposed to do.
According to Natural News, the research has placed triclosan at sixth in its list of 500 most persistent and most harmful pollutants. Researchers opine that the triclosan level is more or less 12 times higher than the previously determined level at more than one test site. This high level of the harmful chemical highlights the indifference and inaction in monitoring efforts to contain the spread of triclosan. Though the chemical was first made available in 1972, it took more than a quarter of a century to determine its malicious effects. The most horrifying aspect of this chemical that concerns scientists most is its presence in the plasma of human blood and also in breast milk.
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