If you were asked, “What are the earth’s most ubiquitous environmental contaminants?” what would you answer? Unless you have a very specific set of knowledge, you would like not choose triclosan and triclocarban. However, according to a piece recently published in The New York Times, these two chemicals are indeed the correct answer to the question posed above.
According to the Times, the Food and Drug Administration has been struggling to properly regulate these chemicals for nearly four decades. Despite widespread and longstanding concerns that these chemicals negatively impact both humans and the environment in disturbing ways, these chemicals remain present in a host of consumer products, including cosmetics and antibacterial soaps.