by Zoë Pollock

Kiera Butler itemized the ways in which triclosan, an anti-microbial agent, isn't necessary and may do more harm than good. One major cause for concern, related to our hospitals thread:

A number of recent studies have shown that anti-bacterial products might be contributing to antibiotic resistance (here are a few to start with).  Then there's the fact that triclosan is known to be completely ineffective against "gram negative" bacteria like pseudomonas and serratia, both of which cause major infections in hospitals. In fact, notes Janssen, a hospital outbreak of serratia was traced back to anti-bacterial soap dispensers.

Kiera then rounded up a short history of the right's attachment to the stuff. Money quote from Americans for Tax Reform:

Clearly moving to eliminate a product used by almost 75 percent of Americans should be based on evidence stronger than speculation. None exists, and research clearly shows Americans would prefer being free to choose these products rather than being restricted by regulatory caprice.

Or by science. The Weekly Standard's Jonathan V. Last added it to his running tally of evil Nanny State items including "low-flow toilets, dishwasher soap that doesn’t work, encroaching bans on plastic bags, and a looming mandate outlawing good light bulbs."