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FDA Sued Over Chemicals in Consumer Products

FDA Sued Over Chemicals in Consumer Products

The National Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit against the FDA due to their lack of regulation for the two chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. The chemicals are found in many antibacterial soaps.

The US Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing Triclosan,”We are engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of the safety of Triclosan in FDA-regulated products.” According to the NRDC the problem is that the FDA has been far too slow to come to a conclusion, “Three decades of delay is outrageous, FDA needs to issue a final rule on triclosan and triclocarban now, and that rule should ban both chemicals in hand soaps,” said Avinash Kar, an NRDC lawyer.

Both chemicals can be absorbed into the body through contact with skin. The NRDC press release includes a rather startling statistic, “The growing use of these chemicals in products has led to widespread residues in the environment and in people; recent bio-monitoring results found residues of triclosan in 75 percent of Americans over the age of six.” A recent Washington Post article used a similar statistic, “… taking a fresh look at triclosan, which is so ubiquitous that is found in the urine of 75 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

How could it get into so many people? Triclosan is not limited to use in soaps. It is also in deodorants, and toothpastes. Even some kitchen cutting boards have it using the brand name MicroBan. That’s right, if you have a cutting board containing Triclosan, it could be getting into your food. The Environmental Working Group says of the chemical, “Lab studies link triclosan to cancer, developmental defects, and liver and inhalation toxicity.”

Last year the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products stated, “the continued use of Triclosan as a preservative at the current concentration limit of maximum 0.3 percent in all cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer because of the magnitude of the aggregate exposure.”

Triclosan does not just wind up in human bodies; it also can be found in the natural environment. An Australian government report commented about the potential harm Triclosan can cause to the environment, “The widespread use of triclosan provides a number of pathways for the chemical to enter the environment, and laboratory tests have shown it to be toxic to aquatic species.”

In January of 2010, Congressman Edward Markey urged the FDA and EPA to regulate both Triclosan and triclocarban. If you want information about alternatives to potentially harmful deodorants, Care2 has a recent article on the subject.

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7:43PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Charli S. said almost everything, except that are the majority of the Republican party that are trying, for years, to make things harder to FDA. They simply don't want any regulation and, or course, it doesn't help us, the people, but it's good for corporations, that give a lot money for them in election time (money they use to manipulating us in order to to vote for them, instead of voting them out! Yes! Let's make our research and then vote those people out of politics!

11:27PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

The FDA is worse then worthless. They manage to ban lead in items in which there are no lead but stick their heads in the sand when it comes to actually doing their jobs. We need labeling. We also need more inspectors and we need to kick big business our of influencing the process. The best thing we could do for our country is to ban all lobbyists and fire any government officials found consorting with lobbyists. If they take 5 cents they should be fired. We need a citizen group to investigate and decide who is prosecuted in both the congress and senate. And I'm not sure we really need full time elected officials. We've been a country for over 200 years. we have too many laws and regulations. We have regulations the conflict with each other. And we need our citizens to give a damn and get out and vote after researching all the candidates. There are more then just useless Democrats and useless Republicans.

10:01AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

For so many generations, people used soap that was made without chemicals, so why do we have to have chemicals in everything we use? It's ridiculous!
I'm lucky to have chemical sensitivities, so I have to avoid them and use the cleanest products available...or make my own using safe ingredients.

The FDA is a joke and should be replaced with a regulatory agency that knows what they're doing and isn't in it for the bribe money.

10:01AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

For so many generations, people used soap that was made without chemicals, so why do we have to have chemicals in everything we use? It's ridiculous!
I'm lucky to have chemical sensitivities, so I have to avoid them and use the cleanest products available...or make my own using safe ingredients.

The FDA is a joke and should be replaced with a regulatory agency that knows what they're doing and isn't in it for the bribe money.

7:25AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

All you have to do is choose natural products, it's a no brainer. Why allow this to happen, question everything, be proactive, it's your life.

9:01AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Good.. It's about time we were protected.

8:03PM PDT on May 14, 2011

The best way to show these companies that we dont want the toxic chemicals is to stop buying it.
Buy products that are made with essential oils, and natural products.
The only thing they can do to stay in business is remove the chemicals.

5:44AM PDT on May 11, 2011

Thanks, good to know.

10:52PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Awful!!!! What more??? what more??? Really...

1:51AM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

I appreciate this article but wished I hadn't read it. I've been using these soaps for years and years, and now I find that they could be killing me. Just great!

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