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ACI: Analysis of Research on Antibacterial Ingredient “Distorts and Misrepresents” Safe Use of Triclosan

 

  • Publicity Statement Claiming that Ingredient Can Affect Human Health Not Borne Out By What the Research Actually Shows
  • Independent Scientists Also Refute Researchers’ Claims
  • Credible, Scientific Information on Triclosan Safety Available at fightgermsnow.com

Washington, DC, | November 19, 2014 Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute (ACI – www.cleaninginstitute.org).

Independent scientists at the UK-based Science Media Centre also took issue with some of conclusions of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which claim that triclosan could negatively affect human health.

“The fact is that overdosing mice with triclosan at levels they would never likely come in contact with does not represent a realistic circumstance for humans,” said Dr. Paul DeLeo, ACI Associate Vice President, Environmental Safety. “We’ve known for decades that the mouse is not a good model for human risk assessment of triclosan.”

Independent reviews of the research from the Science Media Centre state very clearly that:

“The paper does not prove the claim that TCS [triclosan] use promotes tumor growth in humans.”

Additional comments from the Centre (excerpted below):

From Dr Nick Plant, Reader in Molecular Toxicology at the University of Surrey:

“…the authors study only mice, and draw conclusion only on mice. Their comments on human health are very circumspect. As the authors state, it is difficult to assess if the dose that they use in mice is relevant to human exposure levels, but at a simple examination it appears to be much higher than I would expect to see in a human. This further complicates extrapolation to the human situation as we are not comparing equivalent exposures. Read more…

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