Norwegian initiative on triclosan
Norway's pollution control agency (SFT) has proposed that the anti-acterial compound triclosan be classified as an eco-toxin. The proposal was submitted via the EU working group on classification and labelling of eco-toxic substances, SFT said in a statement. The initiative follows expressions of concern by authorities in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as Norway, over the use of organic anti-bacterials in household products and the long-term risk of spreading antibiotic resistance in microbial populations (EED 16/02/01). See press release.