Washington: Triclosan, an antibacterial widely used in soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and other body-care products, reduces muscular strength, according to a mice study."Triclosan is found in virtually everyone`s home and is pervasive in the environment," said Isaac Pessah, professor and head of molecular biosciences in the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and principal study investigator."These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health," Pessah was quoted as saying by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Triclosan is commonly found in antibacterial body-care products such as hand soaps as well as deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste, bedding, clothes, carpets, toys and trash bags, according to a California statement.The Environmental Protection Agency in 1998 estimated that more than one million pounds of triclosan are produced annually in the US. Traces are present in waterways and aquatic organisms, from algae to fish to dolphins, as well as in human urine, blood and breast milk.
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