Triclosan has gotten into hot water with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This key antiseptic was commonly used in many hand soaps—but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided in the recent month to ban it and 18 other active ingredients found in antibacterial soaps. Why? Read on….
The double low down on triclosan
Evidence shows that over the long run, antibacterial ingredients like triclosan may cause bacteria to become resistant and mutate and grow.
That’s scary enough cause to shut down the production of antibacterial soaps with triclosan as an ingredient fast!
Another frightening association with triclosan is that it gets washed down the drain and the chemical gets trapped in nature, such as streams, lakes, dust and soil all around the world. The chemical then becomes dangerous dioxins, which are in the same family as pesticides. The end result is that any chemical that is treated as a pesticide is harmful to humans and animals. Why put lives at risk?
When does triclosan get run out of town?
January 1, 2017 will see the new change in hand soap ingredients. Bruce Hammock, a University of California toxicologist, states that “no drug is all good or all bad.” He continues to add that triclosan is no better than plain old soap and water, so as a public safety measure, chemicals like triclosan should be avoided by the general public.
It’s not over ‘til it’s over
Companies have begun to substitute triclosan with three other chemicals that remain unapproved for the long run by the U.S. FDA. These dirty three have been approved to remain in the market for only one year until further studies prove their inefficacy. Health officials claim these chemicals are no better than their outlawed counterpart triclosan and will have the same harmful results.
The debate on consumer antibacterial soaps versus soap and water has been going on since the 1970s. The FDA, after decades of research, came to this conclusion to ban triclosan and similar chemicals. Don’t panic. Ordinary soap and water are good enough to get your hands clean and germ-free.