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Enviro-Mich message from Kristine Yvette Olsson <olssonk@umich.edu>

Any reactions to this?

Is it Chicken Little or Rachel Carsons?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 09:34:40 -0500 (EST)
From: robin k saha <compgeek@umich.edu>
To: snre.bs@umich.edu, snre.ms@umich.edu, snre.phd@umich.edu,
     snre.faculty@umich.edu, snre.staff@umich.edu
Subject: antibacterial sponges 

For people with pets or researchers with animals, among others:

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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 08:24:33 -0500

> Received this from a friend and thought I'd pass it on:
> On the issue of consumer protection and hazardous warnings, here's a new
> one, I think.  Those yellow sponges with the green plastic fibers on the
> back for
> scrubbing pots-"Pot Scrubbers"- should be kept far away from our birds,
> fish, reptiles, cats and dogs, hamsters and whatever.  Proctor & Gamble,
> in its
> continuing search to make America look clean and smell great, has a new
> "improved" version of the sponge on the market that kills odor-causing
> fungi
> that get in the sponge after a few uses.  They make a big deal out of this
> innovation on the outside packaging.
>       A friend of mine used one of these sponges to clean the glass on a
> 200-gallon aquarium.  The abrasive backs are good for removing algae and
> smutz that collect on the inside of the tank.  He refilled the tank and
> after the
> water had time to condition and rid itself of chlorine, he reintroduced
> his
> tropical fish collection of some 30 fish.  Within five hours of putting
> the
> fish back in the tank, they were all dead! Some began to die after only 30
> minutes. He removed the survivors to another tank but they all died.
> Retracing his steps to clean the tank, the only thing that was different
> was using
> that new kind of sponge-he'd used the regular old Pot Scrubbers for years.
>       Lo and behold I discovered on the back of the packaging in about the
> finest print you could put on plastic a description of the fungicide
> (Triclosan) in the sponge and the warning in tiny boldface letters, "Not
> for
> use in aquariums. Keep away from other pets."  Thanks for the warning
> Proctor & Gamble.  It seems the fungicide is a derivative of the systemic
> pesticide-
> herbicide, 2-4-D, more popularly known as Agent Orange, the chemical we
> sprayed all over Southeast Asian during the Vietnam War that many veterans
> and war refugees say did them permanent damage to their lungs and nervous
> systems.  The package warning goes on to say the fungicide cannot be
> washed from the sponge even if it is placed in the dishwasher (in which
> case
> Agent Orange is now all over your dishes and drinking glasses).  And, if
> you
> think its there to kill disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella from
> contaminated chicken meat, think again-it's not an effective enough
> bactericide to kill those kind of bugs.
>      By the way, the same chemical in the sponge (Triclosan),is used now
> in
> many of those popular antibacterial, anti-viral disinfectant liquid soaps
> (Ultra-dawn Antibacterial dishwashing soap) and hand cleaners that are
> flooding the market.
> Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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