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EPA Approves 11 Companies' 20 Mixtures

Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk - Is It Kid-Safe?: EPA Approves 11 Companies' 20 Mixtures

July 17, 2008

EPA has approved 20 triclosan mixtures from 11 companies for use in products

As of July 2008, EPA’s pesticide registry lists 11 different manufacturers of 20 different triclosan formulations (NPIRS 2008). The pesticide is sold under a bewildering variety of trade names: Vinyzene DP 7000, Vinyzene SB-30, Sanitized Brand, Microbanish R, Vikol THP, Ultra-Fresh, Microban Additive “B”, Irgasan DP 300R, Irgaguard B 1000, VIV-20, AerisGuard, Ciba Tinosan AM110 Antimicrobial, Invasan DP 300R, and Invasan DP 300 TEX. In the late 1990s, the annual production volume of triclosan exceeded a million pounds and available data suggest it continues to grow (EPA 2002), a disconcerting trend considering the human health and environmental concerns associated with this pesticide. Shown below are the pesticide labels and technical data sheets for triclosan additives registered with the EPA. We collected these data and files from the National Pesticide Information Retrieval System (http://ppis.ceris.purdue.edu) and the EPA’s Pesticide Product Information System (http://www.epa.gov/opppmsd1/PPISdata/)

Sanitized Inc. (New Preston, CT)

Sanitized Brand T96-21 The oldest triclosan mixture still actively registered with the EPA, this additive, originally approved in 1969, is intended for use in apparel, active wear, hosiery, towels, and undergarments. EPA registration number 3090-165 Triclosan concentration 10%

Sanitized Brand PLA Approved in 1995, this additive is accepted for use in nearly 100 consumer products and residential/building materials. EPA registration number 3090-215 Triclosan concentration 99%

Sanitized Brand PL 91-36 Approved by the EPA in 2003, this additive is applied to articles and components made of plasticized PVC, such as floor and wall coverings, furniture fabrics, shower curtains, tents, garden hoses, and rain wear. EPA registration number 3090-219 Triclosan concentration 7.5%

S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. (Racine, WI)

Waste Minders with Stangard/4 EPA registration number 4822-429 Triclosan concentration 0.06% No records found in the EPA’s Pesticide Product Label System for this additive, first approved by the EPA in 1972.

Troy Chemical Corp. (Florham Park, NJ)

Microbanish R First registered with the EPA in 1997, this additive can be now found in products as diverse as shoe innersoles, carpets and rugs, window curtains and blanket bags. EPA registration number 5383-127 Triclosan concentration 99%

Vikon Chemical Co. (Lenoir, NC)

Vikol THP First approved by the EPA in 1972 and updated in 1997, this additive is applied to nylon, polyester, and acrylic textiles as well as blends of these fibers with cotton, rayon, or wool. EPA registration number 6390-25 Triclosan concentration 2%

Thomson Research Associates (Toronto, Canada)

Ultra-Fresh 300 DD Nonionic First approved by the EPA in 1972, this additive is intended for application to textiles, such as mattress covers, tickings and pads, pillow tickings, textile laundry additive and hosiery. EPA registration number 10466-24 Triclosan concentration 1.6%

Ultra-Fresh NM Approved in 1975, this additive is used for application to textiles and treatment of carpets, air filters, sponges, and cleaning cloths. EPA registration number 10466-27 Triclosan concentration 3%

Ultra-Fresh NM-100 Approved by the EPA in 1998, this additive is applied in polymers used for counter walls, sinks, and buried pipes. EPA registration number 10466-38 Triclosan concentration 99%

Ultra-Fresh FT-7 This additive for application to textiles and polymers was approved by the EPA in 2003. EPA registration number 10466-42 Triclosan concentration 1%

Microban Products Company (Huntersville, NC)

Microban Additive “B”: Microban 2000, Microban 1997 Originally approved by the EPA in 1983, this triclosan preparation is now listed as a potential additive in over 100 types of consumer products and home-use materials. EPA registration number 42182-1 Triclosan concentration 99%

Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation (High Point, NC)

Irgasan DP 300R First approved by the EPA in 1970, and still in active registration status, this additive is used for processing or manufacturing of treated articles. EPA registration number 70404-2 Triclosan concentration 99%

Irgaguard B 1000 Following EPA registration in 2000, this ingredient is now approved for use in nearly 100 polymer/plastic and textile-based products, including clothes, home furnishing and home-use consumer products. EPA registration number 70404-5 Triclosan concentration 99%

Vivimed Labs Limited (Hyderabad, India)

VIV-20 (triclosan) Approved in 2002, this bacteriostatic preparation is used for manufacturing, processing or repackaging of treated articles. EPA registration number 73951-1 Triclosan concentration 99%

Aeris Environmental Ltd. (Rosebury, New South Wales, Australia)

Aerisguard bioactive coil treatment Approved by the EPA in 2006, this additive is used for residential, commercial, and industrial application on HVAC coils. EPA registration number 82523-1 Triclosan concentration 0.69%

Huntsman International, LLC (The Woodlands, TX)

Ciba Tinosan AM 110 Antimicrobial EPA registration number 83884-7 Triclosan concentration 10% No records found in the EPA’s Pesticide Product Label System for this product, first approved in 1999.

Invasan DP 300R Following EPA registration in 2007, this ingredient is now approved for use in over 100 polymer/plastic and textile-based products, including clothes, home furnishing and home-use consumer products and products for pets. EPA registration number 83884-9 Triclosan concentration 99%

Invasan DP 300 TEX Following EPA registration in 2007, this ingredient is now approved for use in over 100 polymer/plastic and textile-based products, including clothes, home furnishing and home-use consumer products. EPA registration number 83884-10 Triclosan concentration 99%

Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia, PA)

Vinyzene DP 7000 Approved in 1994, EPA registration number 2829-139 Triclosan concentration 99%

Vinyzene SB-30 Approved in 1998, EPA registration number 2829-145 Triclosan concentration 10%