Triclosan, We Are Happy To See You Go

Goddess Huntress | Triclosan

It is all over the news today and yesterday.  The FDA is re-evaluating the use of triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps over concerns and evidence that triclosan can create resistant bacteria and cause harm to our hormonal systems.  They are now requiring manufacturers to provide proof that triclosan indeed is an anti-bacterial, if the evidence is not substantial all products containing triclosan must be removed from the marketplace by 2016.  The FDA has not received sufficient proof that triclosan is beneficial in anti-bacterial soaps and has been alarmed by some findings in scientific studies.

Here are some triclosan tidbits from my post in 2010:

Triclosan is so prominent, the CDC states that it is found in 75% of the population’s urine.  The American Medical Association advises against the use of antibacterial soap at home to prevent the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Antibacterial soap has been found no more effective than regular soap.

Triclosan is in drinking water and a large percentage of rivers.  The EPA does not regulate levels of triclosan in drinking water.

The European Union has a ban on triclosan for products that come in contact with food.

Some major companies are one step ahead on the triclosan clean up.  Johnson & Johnson announced earlier this year that they will completely phase out the ingredient by the end of 2015 and Crest’s toothpastes are already free of triclosan.

The irony of triclosan is that it is causing resistant bacteria.  If triclosan is not indeed anti-bacterial and producing resistant bacteria in the long run, it is false advertising.

The really juicy part to this story is that this action is truly coming from a lawsuit settlement.  The FDA initially proposed the removal of triclosan in 1978 (yes, almost 36 years ago) and never finalized the rule. So, of course, triclosan continued its course into many familiar products.  The NRDC, National Resource Defense Council, sued the FDA in 2010 to finalize a rule…hence, the new rule we are reading about this week, all due to a lawsuit.

The FDA is taking action because of a lawsuit settlement…

Further proof our voices, actions, and wallets create the change.

Now we just need the same regulations with triclosan in toothpaste, cutting boards, socks, etc.

What are your thoughts on this new triclosan ruling? What else should be done?


  1. Happy to see it go. The more we can rid our routines & lives of products that create stronger strains of bacteria, the better. Thank you for keeping your readers (me!) in the loop on what’s happening on the front lines!

  2. Glad to start getting rid of more harmful chemicals!