The San Jose Mercury News reports on the FDA's rare move to toughen safety regulations by acting to limit chemicals in antibacterial soaps, quoting our director of program and policy, Janet Nudelman:
"We're baffled as to why it's taken so long," Nudelman said. "It really begs the question of whether the FDA is asleep at the wheel.
The Breast Cancer Fund and our Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have for years warned of the potentially hazardous effects of triclosan, but the FDA only recently changed its position on the chemical. Triclosan is an antibacterial chemical and known endocrine disruptor found in cosmetics, soap, deodorant, sponges, toothpaste, cutting boards, shoes, towels and clothes. Evidence suggests that triclosan can affect aquatic wildlife and the hormonal systems of mice. It may impact male and female hormones like testosterone and estrogen, and may also affect thyroid systems, which regulate weight and metabolism.
For more information on the state of the evidence on triclosan and breast cancer: http://bit.ly/187HKXW