Maybe Friday’s ban of triclosan in antibacterial soaps by the US American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will finally drown triclosan in toothpaste as well.
The FDA ruled that companies have one year time to take triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other chemicals in consumer hand and body washes from the market. This does not affect soaps and washes used in hospitals and food service settings.
The agency issued a proposed rule in 2013 after some data suggested that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Under the proposed rule, manufacturers were required to provide the agency with additional data on the safety and effectiveness of certain ingredients used in over-the-counter consumer antibacterial washes if they wanted to continue marketing antibacterial products containing those ingredients. This included data from clinical studies demonstrating that these products were superior to non-antibacterial washes in preventing human illness or reducing infection.
Antibacterial hand and body wash manufacturers did not provide the necessary data to establish safety and effectiveness for the 19 active ingredients addressed in this final rulemaking. For these ingredients, either no additional data were submitted or the data and information that were submitted were not sufficient for the agency to find that these ingredients are Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRAS/GRAE).
6 September 2016 @ 7:12 am.
Last modified September 6, 2016.