Antibacterial Soaps Contain Endocrine-Disruptors Capable of Interfering with Hormones Critical for Normal Development and Reproduction

September 18th, 2010

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Via: Natural Resources Defense Council:

The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit today against the Food and Drug Administration for failing to issue a final rule regulating the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, which are commonly found in antibacterial soaps. These chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory studies. NRDC filed today’s lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The majority of consumer soaps claiming to be “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” contain the chemicals triclosan or triclocarban. FDA first proposed a rule that would have removed these chemicals from soaps in 1978. Until this rule is finalized, these chemicals can be widely used with no regulatory oversight — despite evidence that they are not effective and numerous studies associate them with serious health risks. 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. The chemicals are absorbed through contact with the skin and tests have found them in human blood, urine and even breast milk.

Laboratory studies have shown that these chemicals are endocrine-disruptors capable of interfering with hormones critical for normal development and reproduction. Such hormonal interference has the potential to cause long-term health problems including poor sperm quality and infertility, and damage to the developing brain leading to poor learning and memory. Several studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban also may contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

In April, FDA acknowledged soaps containing triclosan offer no additional benefit over regular soap and water. FDA also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and about triclosan’s potential long-term health effects, but did not move ahead on the rule-making.

“Three decades of delay is outrageous,” said Avinash Kar, an attorney with NRDC. “FDA needs to issue a final rule on triclosan and triclocarban now, and that rule should ban both chemicals in hand soaps.”

3 Responses to “Antibacterial Soaps Contain Endocrine-Disruptors Capable of Interfering with Hormones Critical for Normal Development and Reproduction”

  1. realitydesign Says:

    Hmmm,

    The way I see it, these companies use the cheapest, dirtiest trash in their products in order to profit- that simple.

    However…

    If in fact it is a wider plan to dampen our auto-immune systems and reproductive capacity etc. etc. than I must also believe that this type of sinister and sophisticated planning is off-world in origin. It’s just too advanced to be rolling off the meeting minutes of the ‘NWO’

    It’s alien shit, if indeed it is conspiratorial. Why? Because in theory- advanced ET races would have the biotech knowhow and foresight to effectively shut us down in this type of a slow roast/chemical-modulation.

    My two cents anyway, and yes I’m dead serious.

    🙂

  2. anothernut Says:

    I’m at least as pro-conspiracy as the next guy, but not for stuff like this. I agree with what realitydesign said (the first part, anyway): “The way I see it, these companies use the cheapest, dirtiest trash in their products in order to profit- that simple.” If there is any conspiracy, it is the conspiracy to prevent regulatory agencies from doing what they were intended to do, i.e., protect consumers from toxic products. And yes, that is a very important conspiracy. But doing it with the conscious purpose of killing people off? I don’t think so. I think that’s just a fringe benefit of having lunatics running our world. But we’ll never know, because we’ll never see the memo that says “let’s put kill-off chemicals in our soap products”, assuming it exists.

  3. neural overload Says:

    well, couple things come to mind just prior to coffee on a rainy saturday morning:

    are these ingredients both the ‘cheapest’ and ‘dirtiest’ ‘trash’ capable of being put into these products?

    this product (as it appears) was created in the late 60’s and released in the early 70’s. at that time people were still allowed to have an ashtray on their desk and a smoke hanging out of their mouth while blowing it in other peoples faces. the perception of health was far different.

    fast forward to the billions of dollars made from these products, the suppliers involved, the typical salesforce, and lobbyist activity on behalf of the manufacturers.

    where ever there is money to be made, there will be an industry body ready to defend it in any and all ways regardless of the long term costs.

    never underestimate the power of lifestyle to influence the perception and production of things good or bad.

    /2cents.

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