A common ingredient used in antibacterial soaps is building up in Minnesota’s lakes.
In a study publicly published Tuesday, University of Minnesota researchers reported that increased use of triclosan — a common antibacterial ingredient — has resulted in the buildup of the chemical and its derivatives since its debut in 1964.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are currently re-evaluating the chemical’s potential danger to humans, animals and the environment.
The ingredient can also be used in detergents, cosmetics, toys and other household products, according to the FDA, but University researchers looked at where triclosan builds up after it washes down the drain. READ MORE
Published in the Minnesota Daily Jan. 23, 2013