December 2018 Spotlight

Elevated Levels of Triclocarban Associated with Soap Use in Puerto Rico

Urinary triclocarban levels and soap brandsRecent analysis from the CRECE Center, which draws on the PROTECT cohort to study effects of in-utero exposure on child development, reveals strong correlations between the use of specific bar soap brands and urinary triclocarban levels. Triclocarban has historically been used in antibacterial soaps, but the chemical was banned by the Food & Drug Administration in 2016, largely due to health concerns related to its endocrine disrupting properties. The analysis, which was published in Environment International, found that elevations of urinary triclocarban were far higher in the study area in northern Puerto Rico than in the general United States population.

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