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ACI: Research, Reports On Antibacterial Ingredient Distorted

- ACI: Triclosan Among the Most Reviewed and Researched Consumer Product Ingredients

 -   Antibacterial Products, Ingredients Have a Long Track Record of Safety, Effectiveness

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Analyses of research finding extremely low levels of an antibacterial ingredient in waterways are completely distorting facts about its safety and effectiveness, according to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org).

Researchers in Minnesota published a paper that describes their finding of the ingredient triclosan in some of the state's waterways. Unfortunately, says ACI, the researchers' publicity efforts promoting their paper – implying safety concerns about triclosan – are just not borne out by the overall body of research on triclosan. Triclosan is one of the most researched and reviewed chemicals used in health care and consumer products.

"We would commend the researchers for being able to find vanishingly low levels of chemicals in the environment, but point out they ignore that there are no negative impacts associated with those trace compounds in the environment," said Dr. Paul DeLeo, ACI Senior Director of Environmental Safety.

Their statement that "We know that, since 1965, triclosan is the major source of dioxins in all these lakes," is completely misleading, according to ACI.  

"While it is true that triclosan was invented in the mid-1960s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not issue its first proposed Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug monograph allowing for the ingredient to be used and marketed in antimicrobial washes until 1978," said DeLeo. "Furthermore, soap companies did not mass market consumer antimicrobial products containing triclosan until 1989. Moreover, the FDA did not approve triclosan to be used in dentifrices until the mid to late 1990s."

Antibacterial hand wash products containing triclosan are regulated in the U.S. by the FDA as OTC drug products and provide a key public health benefit by reducing or eliminating pathogenic bacteria on the skin to a significantly greater degree than plain soap and water.

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