Visit the grocery store and you’ll find row after row of washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, and plastic toys labeled “anti-bacterial.” Researchers speaking at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco this week suggested the risks of using antibacterial products probably outweigh the benefits.
“We looked at the exposure of pregnant women and their fetuses to triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used germ-killers in soaps and other everyday products,” says Benny Pycke, said in a statement. “We found triclosan in all of the urine samples from the pregnant women that we screened. We also detected it in about half of the umbilical cord blood samples we took, which means it transfers to fetuses. Triclocarban was also in many of the samples.”