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Acting under pressure from a Natural Resources Defense Council lawsuit, the U.S Food and Drug Administration proposed a federal rule that, if finalized, would remove the potentially hazardous chemical triclosan from consumer body washes and hand soaps.
This is just one of NRDC’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from harm by forcing the removal of triclosan from the marketplace. The chemical, a suspected endocrine disruptor, has been linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory studies.
Under its proposed rule released today, FDA will require manufacturers to prove that their antibacterial soaps and body washes are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. If companies cannot demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their products, they would have to be reformulated, relabeled or possibly removed from the market.
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