The FDA Bans the Use of Triclosan

Transmacro Amenities has been serving distributors’ needs and requirements since 1996. We always keep the safety of our clients first in mind. We do not use triclosan in our soaps.


As of September 23, 2017, the FDA banned the use of triclosan.

Here is what you need to know!

Triclosan – A Harmful Ingredient in Everyday Products

Triclosan crystalline powder used especially as a broad-spectrum antibacterial agent (as in soaps, deodorants, and mouthwash). It has been used to inhibit or destroy the development of microorganisms like fungi and bacteria. Triclosan was introduced in the early 1970’s for use in hospitals as a method of keeping medical instruments clean and sterile. Since then, the chemical has become ubiquitous.

Uses of Triclosan

Triclosan has been used in making different household products which include toothpaste, soaps, cosmetic products, deodorants, personal care products, first aid, dish detergent, kitchenware, toys and workout clothing just to name a few.

Is Triclosan Harmful?

While it helps to get rid of bacteria, triclosan has been found to be dangerous and threatening to our environment and health. It is an endocrine disruptor as well as an alleged carcinogen. There are also strong and reliable studies that prove too much usage of products such as soaps with this harmful chemical, can contribute to bacterial resistance and is a potential risk factor for cancer and other outcomes.

That persistent nature which is related with the application of this ingredient being rinsed and drained every day can affect water life. Aside from that, you have to keep in mind that triclosan is lipophilic and that means it could bioaccumulate inside the fat for a long period of time. As a matter of fact, the Scientific American has reported that this ingredient has been found detectable in breast milk, urine and blood samples.

What the EHP has to say

The Environmental Health Perspectives detected the chemical in 75 percent of urine samples that were tested for research that centered on triclosan. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also detected triclosan in 58 percent of waterways in the United States. The FDA stated that research has showed that triclosan changes hormone regulation. As of September 23, 2017, The FDA banned the use of triclosan.

The usage of this chemical have been connected to the following impacts on human health:

  • Abnormal endocrine system or thyroid hormone signaling
  • Weakening of the immune system
  • Children who are exposed to the antibacterial products at an early age experienced increased risk of developing asthma, allergies and eczema
  • Reproductive and developmental toxicity

The Impact of Bisphenol A and Triclosan on Immune Parameters in the U.S. Population, NHANES 2003–2006. Environmental Health Perspectives. Accessed 23 January 23, 2017.

Companies have a year to take these ingredients out of their products or remove the products from the market, the agency said.

“If the product makes antibacterial claims, chances are pretty good that it contains one of these ingredients,” Theresa Michele, director of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products, said Friday in a conference call with reporters.

The FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used in Antibacterial Soaps. NPR. Accessed 23 January 2017.

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