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Experts insist on severe restrictions in the use of triclosan

21 June 2017 13:40

21/06/2017 13:29

Scientists said that triclosan should be excluded from the product. It is found in soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste and household items.

The study found that antimicrobials such as triclosan, can not cope with the destruction of bacteria and harmful to human health. 

Last year, the Office on the US Food and Drug Administration banned triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other microbial agents, sold in the United States, even though they "are not usually recognized as safe and effective."

This has prompted manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, to start their phasing. But even triclosan is found in hundreds of consumer products. The chemicals are designed to reduce the spread of disease and infection.

research and environmental groups EWG signed a 25-page statement, which called for a ban on the chemical. Some products (clothing, credit cards, cutting boards, blankets, mattresses, bath, furniture and toys) are not regulated by the Office. There are no restrictions on the use of triclosan and triclocarban in domestic or construction products.

According to the Office, the evidence comes from animal studies. This suggests that triclosan may lead to decreased levels of thyroid hormones, antibiotic resistance, and increase therisk of skin cancer .

The applicants want the chemicals listed on the labels of consumer products that contain them, and to Management and the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States have limited their use. The statement said that antibiotics should be used only if they provide proven health benefits, for example, in some clinical conditions.

At the same time, Brian Sansoni, Vice President for Development initiatives with the Washington trade association, said that this requirement does not reflect the current state of science and regulation. Sansoni said that you can only talk about the use of triclosan in cleaning agents.

Meanwhile, the Office acknowledges that studies have found some benefit from triclosan. For example, toothpastes, containing, help control gum disease known as gingivitis. In addition, the Office found no evidence that triclosan improves the antiseptic properties.

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-group-urges-tougher-limits-chemical.html

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