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Could Triclosan Presence in Body Care Products Be Detrimental to Health

Submitted by on April 15, 2010 – 10:01 pmNo Comment




Ever since the FDA reassessing the bactericide chemical triclosan, commonly present in daily use body care products like hand wash, soap, toothpaste, make-up, play things, clothes and furniture, one is confounded with doubts about whether one  must or must not discard triclosan based products.

Triclosan is a chemical which has been largely included in several products due to its bactericide action.

Triclosan has been used for the past four decades and at the outset it was employed in health care surroundings like in hospital settings. In the past fifteen years, triclosan started being added in customer sanitation products.

The latest FDA declaration regarding triclosan was its way of responding to a correspondence from the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. The chairman of the organization, Edward J. Markey had forwarded the letter asking for data regarding the FDA’s standing on the in-progress Triclosan re-evaluation in costumer sanitation products.

Markey has sent the letter to FDA as he wanted the usage of triclosan should be banned in body care products and wanted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be taking steps like evaluate the likelihood of triclosan being passed down the drains due to its presence in body care products which could lead to contamination of portable water and be contributory to people becoming resistant to antibiotic action.

The FDA announcement made public was that triclosan is not identified to be unsafe to human beings.

During 1997, FDA reassessed information on triclosan in a particular brand of toothpaste, Colgate Total and the finding showed that triclosan presence in it was effectual in averting gingivitis, a condition wherein gum inflammation occurs and marking the onset of periodontal condition.

Markey had requested the FDA for re-evaluating this consent as the re-assessment was conducted prior t to health apprehensions surfaced regarding triclosan.

In regards to triclosan addition in soap and body wash products, the FDA states that there is dearth of proof that such items offer any additional health advantages over basic soaps.

The FDA states that it would continue to reassess the safety quotient of triclosan in the body care products it controls. It has collaborated with the EPA in an endeavour at studying the outcomes on ecological health.

Opponents want that triclosan be excluded from body care products and they believe it is ineffectual and holds a threat to health of human-beings and the environment.

In researches conducted on animal models, triclosan has been observed to obstruct hormones critical to normal operation and growth of brain and affecting reproductive system growth and functioning.

According to critics, this kind of obstruction could be grave and lead to distorted behaviourism and learning disablement and even sterility.

The continual usage of triclosan based products and the resultant resistance developing to antibiotics is another aspect the critics are worried about.

Another major worry was the common usage of triclosan in consumer items due to which its presence has been found in blood samples drawn from 3/4ths of people from U.S.

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