Mother Earth Living

Natural Health

Better living through nature

NRDC Sues FDA Over Antibacterial Chemicals

7/29/2010 4:49:53 PM

Tags: natural health, health, antibacterial, antibacterial products, NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council, FDA, triclosan, triclocarban, lawsuit, news

Last April the Natural Resources Defense Council reported that up to 75 percent of antibacterial products contain the hormone-disrupting chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. At the time, the NRDC encouraged consumers to be anti antibacterial and chose safe products that didn’t contain these two chemicals. Now the NRDC is taking the issue and step further and suing the Food and Drug Administration to have the chemicals removed from these products completely.

In April the FDA acknowledged that antibacterial products have little benefit over regular soap and water, and the agency expressed concern that using these products could lead to antibiotic resistance and long-term health effects. This is nothing new for the FDA, however. The agency has long known (or at least suspected) that these chemicals have negative side effects because it proposed a law to remove triclosan and triclocarban from antibacterial products—in 1978. It's 32 years later, and the law is still nothing more than just a proposal.

hand sanitizer
Many hand sanitizers and antibacterial products contain the hormone-disrupting chemicals triclosan and triclocarban. Photo By akemp42/Courtesy Flickr. 

The NRDC hopes that filing a lawsuit against the FDA will give the government agency the push it needs to “speed up” the finalization process on the now three-decades-old proposed law. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, asks the courts to impose a strict deadline on the FDA to finalize the rule. Until this happens, triclosan and triclocarban cannot be regulated and therefore cannot be banned.

Triclosan and triclarban have a number of health problems associated with their use, from possible antibiotic resistance to brain and nervous system development to reproductive disorders such as poor sperm quality and infertility. For a safe, natural hand sanitizer, check out CleanWell’s line of sanitizing and disinfecting products.



Related Content

Another Case for Organic Fabrics: Chemicals in Bras

With reports stewing of some women suffering chemical reactions after wearing Victoria's Secret bras...

Powering Cable Boxes Costs Us $3 Billion Per Year--And Much of That Energy Could Be Saved

Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent...

Top 15 Regions for Smart Transit

In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon foot...

New EPA Standards Aimed at Coal-Fired Power Plants

A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to...

Content Tools
RSS




Post a comment below.

 

12/31/2013 11:43:01 AM
The chemicals like these on entering the water make it dangerous for wildlife and humans. In areas where these chemicals join the water, sexual lives of couples get in danger, as some of my divorce lawyers fellows have told they harm the reproductive system of men, that finally leads to divorce.



Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.