Triclosan Linked to Cancer Found in Consumer Products Puts Spotlight on the FDA Process While Freshana Products Help Environment Stay Triclosan Free
Triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development. Regulators are reviewing whether it’s safe to put in cleaning products, soap, toothpaste, cutting boards and toys. Freshana offers products that are triclosan free and safe for the environment.
Under a Freedom of Information Act request it was found that the FDA withheld from public view toxicology studies showing those links. The article goes on to highlight how heavily “the government relies on company-backed science to show products are safe and effective.” The pages that were recently released, alongside new disturbing research on triclosan, raise serious questions about whether the governmental agency did appropriate due diligence in approving the use of triclosan and whether its approval in Colgate Total and other cleaning and consumer products should stand in light of new research.
David Elmore, CEO of Freshana Organic Solutions stated, “The chemical triclosan is one of the more widely used and harmful chemicals found in cleaning and consumer products that we come into direct contact with every day. It is disturbing what has come to light in regards to the FDA’s approval process and we have every right to be extremely concerned.”
Thomas Zoeller, endocrine specialist and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was quoted in the article saying “that while an estimated 800 to 1,000 chemicals are believed to disrupt the endocrine system, triclosan is one of about 10 to which people are regularly exposed. We may not have to change very much to have a big impact.”
The state of Minnesota recently signed a bill banning triclosan-containing products. In 2010, The European Union banned triclosan in materials that come into contact with food because of the studies showing it’s harmful effects on the environment and human body.
Elmore went on to say, “Mr. Zoeller is spot on, we don’t have to change very much to have a big impact. Triclosan is used in many laundry detergents and dishwashing soaps. It has always been our goal here at Freshana to provide products that are completely organic and natural but work as well of better than chemical based products. One great place to start making your home environment more chemical free is to simply use Freshana products such as AVIVA Laundry Cleaner and AUQUA Dishwasher Liquid. Freshana has been and always will be triclosan, chemical and toxin free.”
The Bloomberg article goes on to say that “Of the more than 84,000 chemicals sold in the U.S., few are attracting more scrutiny than triclosan.” Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble Co. have promised to remove it from their consumer product lineups. Other companies, including Avon Products Inc. recently announced its plans to go triclosan-free.
Companies are making these changes in part as more educated consumers, armed with toxicity ranking systems such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, have turned away from chemicals.
“It’s exciting to see the consumer taking control and arming themselves with the knowledge of what they are exposing their selves and their loved ones to.” Elmore stated. “I’m glad that we here are Freshana are able to provide not only the documentation, but the products such as AVIVA and AUQUA that will bring us closer and closer to a cleaner and safer environment for our families.”