Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.--“Today, the FDA announced it would ban triclosan in consumer soaps. This development is a long overdue, but significant victory for consumers and the environment.
“Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical originally developed in hospital settings and commonly found in many personal care products. A known endocrine disruptor, it has been linked to antibiotic resistance, breast cancer, skin irritation and allergies in children. Laboratory studies on rats and frogs show that triclosan can disrupt thyroid hormones, alter development and impair important functions at the cellular level.
“We applaud today’s decision by the FDA and urge the federal government to remove this needless, dangerous chemical from all consumer products, particularly hand sanitizers.”
Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-4905, [email protected]h.org
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