Triclosan Use Ban

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It may be found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys. It also may be added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics—products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation. However, data showing effects in animals don’t always predict effects in humans. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

In light of these studies, FDA is engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient. FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.

Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Colgate, and others are addressing the use of Triclosan in consumer products.

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

"Johnson & Johnson’s announcement of its plans to phase triclosan out of its consumer products is a major step towards protecting the public and the environment from this risky, often unnecessary chemical. The company has done the smart thing in modifying its product offering to respond to concerns over the chemical, and the step is a victory in the fight against triclosan. But the Food & Drug Administration still needs to address the use of triclosan in non-medical settings, because until they ban the chemical, consumers and the environment will still be at risk.

“Originally developed for medical settings, but increasingly found in a range of consumer products such as soap, cosmetics, school supplies and athletic equipment, triclosan is a known endocrine disrupter that has also been linked to antibiotic resistance. Scientists estimate that triclosan has accumulated in the bodies of up to 75 percent of the U.S. population. The chemical also accumulates in the environment, contaminating surface and ground water. Because triclosan also survives the wastewater treatment process, it persists in sludge that is often dumped on agricultural crops.

“Johnson and Johnson’s decision to discontinue this harmful chemical is a major step, but it is not enough. The federal government should step in and ban triclosan from all consumer products.”

Triclosan Use Ban

FDA issues proposed rule to determine safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps
The FDA proposes a rule for antibacterial body wash and soap manufacturers to mandatorily prove the longterm effectiveness and safety of daily usage of their products. Especial focus put on triclocarban and triclosan (forms of Triclosan), is resultant of studies showing their negative effect on hormones, and bacterial resistance.

Triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient used in some hand soaps in the food processing industry, is under the microscope again after a US Court of Appeal decision.

Triclosan is causing environmental concerns, but a proposed ban on the chemical didn’t receive enough votes to make it out of the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday. Minnesota would have been the first state to ban triclosan.

A new study has found the chemical can weaken muscle contraction. “If studies continue to demonstrate adverse health effects of triclosan, then the FDA should call for its removal from consumer products.”

“Health Canada and Environment Canada found that triclosan was toxic to the environment. Scientific literature has extensively linked the use of triclosan, and its cousin triclocarban, to a range of health and environmental problems including antibiotic resistance.”

“Johnson and Johnson’s decision to discontinue this harmful chemical is a major step, but it is not enough. The federal government should step in and ban triclosan from all consumer products.”