FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Associated with Antibacterial Soap
September 5th, 2017
| Michelle M. Quinn
On Friday, September 1, 2017 the FDA issued a ban on triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other chemicals associated with consumer hand and body washes. The ban does not include those used in hospitals and the food service industry, and does not include hand sanitizers.
Antibacterial soaps have been marketed as more effective than traditional soaps. If a company claims their products have antibacterial properties, they more than likely contain one of the 19 chemicals on the list. Companies have one year to remove the chemicals or take the product off the market. Many companies have already begun to phase out the ingredients.
Triclosan can be found in many places, including clothing, kitchenware, furniture and toys. Because of that, exposure to triclosan is greater than previously thought, raising concerns over the seriousness of exposure over a lifetime. Some evidence shows that triclosan, triclocarban and other chemicals may disrupt natural hormone cycles and may cause thyroid disruption and muscle weakness. The FDA is encouraging consumers to skip antibacterial soaps and opt for simple soap and water.
"There's no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water," the FDA said in a press release issued shortly after the rule was announced
Chemicals on the FDA banned list include:
- Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)
- Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)
- Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine
- Poloxamer-iodine complex
- Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent
- Undecoylium chloride iodine complex
- Methylbenzethonium chloride
- Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
- Phenol (less than 1.5 percent) 16
- Secondary amyltricresols
- Sodium oxychlorosene
- Triple dye
What should you do?
Discontinue use of antibacterial body washes and soaps, and wash with plain soap and water. It’s still one of the most important steps you can take to prevent spreading germs.
About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC
Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania, 2015.
The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).
Attorney Joseph A Quinn is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania)
honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.