By Chito Chavez
After calling on consumers to skip soaps and washes containing triclosan and triclocarban, a watch group on harmful chemicals has now targeted manufacturers of personal care and cosmetic products (PCCPs) that are still using these antibacterial substances.
“We call upon the manufacturers of PCCPs to cease using triclosan and triclocarban in product formulations after scientists reached a consensus that these substances are environmentally-persistent endocrine- disrupting chemicals that bioaccumulate in and are toxic to marine organisms,” said Rene Pineda of the Quezon City-based EcoWaste Coalition.
“We likewise exhort our policymakers not to miss the writing on the wall and take precautionary action now to safeguard the public health, especially the health of pregnant women, developing fetuses and breastfeeding babies. It is our common responsibility to prevent further human and environmental exposures to triclosan and triclocarban,” he added.
Earlier, EcoWaste Coalition urged consumers through expert Dr. Ann Blake to shun soap and wash products with triclosan and triclocarban ahead of the US-wide ban on such products beginning September 6, 2017.
Triclosan and triclocarban are among the 19 antibacterials being banned by the US Food and Drug Administration “because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.”
The EcoWaste Coalition cited the historic statement by over 200 scientists and medical professionals published in the issue of the Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), a monthly peer-reviewed journal of research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services of US.
Dubbed as the “Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban,” the statement documents a consensus of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals on the hazards of and lack of demonstrated benefit from common uses of triclosan and triclocarban.
The signatories called upon “the international community to limit the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban and to question the use of other antimicrobials.”
Based on extensive peer-reviewed research, the statement concludes that triclosan and triclocarban are environmentally persistent endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in and are toxic to aquatic and other organisms.
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