FDA Bans Antibacterial Soap Chemicals

Citing a lack of scientific evidence on the benefits – and a growing body of evidence finding harm – the FDA has moved to ban 19 chemicals commonly found in antibacterial soaps. These include triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals that the Union of Concerned Scientists have long targeted as potentially harmful. Many major U.S. corporations are now being required to reformulate their antibacterial products, something the EU and several other nations required years ago.

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that triclosan reduces both heart muscle function and grip strength. A Toxicological Sciences study found this same chemical to imitate estrogen and increase risks for breast cancer. Previous research has also found triclosan to alter hormone production and disrupt thyroid function. Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, and similar companies were charged by the FDA in 2013 with proving the efficacy and benefit of this and other common soap chemicals. They have not been able to do so. Evidence of their health risk, however, is quite easy to find. Despite this, it was not until forced to do so that major cosmetic and personal care companies took steps to remove these chemicals from their products. Unfortunately, corporate disregard for human safety is far from uncommon.

The human cost of dangerous chemicals in personal care products is measured, sadly, in real time. Rarely are chemicals banned from use before serious side-effects and actual harm have occurred. If you or a loved one has suffered injury from a poorly developed or inadequately researched product, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine online or by calling (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. We serve clients throughout California from our offices in Bakersfield and Manhattan Beach.