Did your last tilapia fillet taste like Safeguard?
Probably not, but new evidence suggests anti-bacterial soaps are filling the nation’s fish with the cleansing chemical added to everything from deodorant to wet wipes.
An article on RealAge.com says triclocarban, the anti-bacterial part in anti-bacterial products, seems to accumulate in the flesh of fish and can be found “in 60 percent of all rivers and streams in the United States.”
Unlike humans, fish apparently can’t break down the chemical so it accumulates in their bodies.
In a test, “fish quickly accumulated TCC,” a scientist said. “The levels of the TCC in the fish soon after exposure were about 1,000 times higher than the concentration in the water.”
The medical effect to humans is not known, but TCC “has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility.”
Anti-bacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap. But that doesn’t slow a well-funded marketing campaign.
Worse yet, the prevalence of anti-bacterial products may be hastening the development of drug-resistant “superbugs.”
Just something to think about before using hand sanitizer in the Filet-O-Fish drive-thru.