Rep. Ed Markey Urges FDA to Investigate Triclosan

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) called for the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety of Triclosan, a chemical found in everything from socks to soap to toothpaste. The European Union has banned the chemical, and according the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Safety Database, Triclosan has been linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption. Markey said in a statement, “Despite the fact that this chemical is found in everything from soaps to socks, there are many troubling questions about triclosan’s effectiveness and potentially harmful effects, especially for children.”

Markey went further: “I call upon the federal government to ban the use of triclosan in consumer soaps and hand-washes, products intended for use by children, and products intended to come into contact with food. In addition, I will soon introduce legislation to speed up the government’s efforts to evaluate and regulate other substances that may pose similar public health concerns.” Rep. Markey has shown a lot of courage in standing up to big chemical companies.

If you want to get ahead of the pack and ditch this dangerous chemical before the government bans it, check out our 5 Easy Green Cleaning Tips that Use Vinegar. If you want to learn about other household chemicals that you might want to avoid, read our article on the connection between Cosmetics and Breast Cancer.

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  • Ben Miles  April 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I am very pleased someone has stood up about this issue – hopefully will come of it. He has my support.

    But since the federal government still allows food colourings to be used and other banned chemicals I think it’s a hard road to travel.

    As Arnie would sat “cah maaahn, you can doo eeeet!”

  • Danika Carter  April 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    This is great news. When proper hand washing removes 98% of germs & triclosan removes 99%, there is really no reason for putting this synthetic chemical on your skin…or the skin of your kids.

  • Susan Levinson  April 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    It is really amazing how many products have triclosan in them. I wonder how long it has been in and why? The article notes that triclosan has been banned in the European Union along with hundreds of other chemicals that are still in use in the USA. Who is looking out for the interest of the consumer?

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