Banned antimicrobial chemicals found in many household products
By Erica Hartmann, The Conversation
Updated 0817 GMT (1617 HKT) January 25, 2017
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Many brands of hand soap contain the controversial chemical triclosan, which is linked to serious health conditions and causes cancer in mice.
The chemical is also extremely resilient and can survive water treatment, enabling it to reach the ocean and destroy bacteria that form the base of the food chain.
In September 2016, the Food and Drug Administration issued a rule banning antibacterial soaps and body washes containing triclosan or 18 other active ingredients from being marketed, because the ingredients were not proved to be safe and effective for long-term daily use.