2008.02 Restrictions on the Sale of Products Containing Triclosan

December 20, 2013


Whereas, The chemical triclosan, an active antibacterial ingredient first used in hospitals, is now so widely used in household and commercial products that it poses a risk to the health of humans and the environment; and

Whereas, Studies have linked triclosan to a variety of human health concerns including the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria; and

Whereas, The inability of the sewage treatment process to break down triclosan has resulted in contamination of waterways, toxicity to algae, and alterations in the development of aquatic wildlife; and

Whereas, There are effective alternatives to antibacterial cleaning products for use in homes and public places; therefore be it

Resolved, That the national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, in 88th annual national convention assembled, urge federal government to:

  • restrict the sale of products containing triclosan
  • undertake a campaign to educate Canadians on the harmful effects of triclosan on the health of humans and the environment
  • raise awareness of safe and effective alternatives to the use of antibacterial household products