05 Nov (NATURAL NEWS) – It can be easily identified as a stated ingredient in many conventional brands of hand soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and hand sanitizer, but a new report out of Europe reveals that the deadly antibacterial chemical triclosan is also now showing up in persistently high levels in lakes and waterways around the world, as well as in human breast milk and blood plasma.
Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Germany recently conducted an extensive analysis of water quality in the Elbe River Basin, a major water catchment that runs south from the North Sea through Germany and into the Czech Republic, and found that concentrations of triclosan were much higher than previously determined through standard measuring protocols.
According to the data, persistent triclosan levels were found to be up to 12 times higher at numerous test sites around the basin than the previously determined “no-effect concentration” for algal communities, proving that existing monitoring efforts for persistent chemicals like triclosan are severely lacking. Out of 500 pollutants investigated as part of the study, in fact, triclosan ranked sixth as the most persistent and most harmful.
“This chemical has been on the market since 1972 and it was not until 1998 that the first serious effects were discovered,” says the report, which was recently published in the journal Environmental Science Pollution Research. “Scientists [are] also very concerned about the fact that nowadays triclosan cannot only be detected in organisms living in waste water, but also in human plasma and in breast milk.”
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