Most people asked know what triclosan is -- they remember it from when antibacterial gels made headlines for having triclosan as an ingredient. People got all upset and angry about this one. So, what is a governing body to do? Well, create laws of course! New law: it cannot be added to anything which remains on the body. Say what?!? You mean I can add that to cosmetics, toothpastes, soaps, cleaners, and various other products as long as my product is not intended for long-term use on skin and can be washed off? Yep! Go for it! Stick that chemical in everything and market it as antibacterial! Pretty much anywhere you see that antibacterial label is going to be the place you find triclosan. Stay away from those dish detergents and hand soaps with it!
The good news: Triclosan is REQUIRED to be on the label if it is in the product.
The bad news: it is in a lot of products where labeling is not required. For example, that cutting board in your kitchen? It may have triclosan in it. This was added to keep it antibacterial... for your safety, you know... of course...you are putting your fresh food on it which soaks up the triclosan... and then you eat it, but hey, it isn't on your skin longterm!
A bit more bad news: due to our EXTENSIVE use of triclosan... germs are becoming resistant to our antibacterial efforts. We are building superbugs! Yay us, for coming up with yet another issue created from our own lack of judgement. Good thing for the superbugs we are helping them quite a bit by destroying our immune system and body by using this product, eh? What can we do to avoid this one? Simple. Because it IS listed in the ingredients of consumable products, start being an avid label reader! Oh, and throw out that nasty cutting board. If you are using the rubber plastic kind you've got phthalates to get rid of anyway. Kill two birds with one stone and get yourself an UNTREATED bamboo or wood cutting board.