Triclosan and Phenolic Antimicrobials FAQ
The usefulness of this additive is in part derived from these chemical features. Its stability allows it to be used in relatively diverse environments such as high temperatures without it breaking down and becoming ineffective.Low water solubility means that it can be used in water environments, without it being too mobile to maintain good durability. By contrast due to low water solubility, aqueous formulations lacking surfactant type stabilizers are typically not appropriate for its use.
It is one of few antimicrobials proven safe and effective in direct food contact applications, triclosan is also used in toothpaste to help prevent long term proliferation of bacterial on teeth or in the mouth.Significantly this molecule is very effective against difficult to control mycobacterium which can contaminate industrial and consumer products such as metal working fluids and surfactant based formulations.