2008.02 Restrictions on the Sale of Products Containing Triclosan

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Whereas, The chemical triclosan, an active antibacterial ingredient first used in hospitals, is now so widely used in household and commercial products that it poses a risk to the health of humans and the environment; and

Whereas, Studies have linked triclosan to a variety of human health concerns including the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria; and

Whereas, The inability of the sewage treatment process to break down triclosan has resulted in contamination of waterways, toxicity to algae, and alterations in the development of aquatic wildlife; and

Whereas, There are effective alternatives to antibacterial cleaning products for use in homes and public places; therefore be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women's League of Canada, in 88th annual national convention assembled, urge federal government to:

  • restrict the sale of products containing triclosan
  • undertake a campaign to educate Canadians on the harmful effects of triclosan on the health of humans and the environment
  • raise awareness of safe and effective alternatives to the use of antibacterial household products