Triclosan Among 19 Ingredients Deemed Not Safe by FDA


Say goodbye to antibacterial washes with triclosan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a final rule that bans certain ingredients from over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps and washes.

According to the rule (which amends one published in 1994), such ingredients are not generally recognized as safe and effective (GRAS/GRAE) and are misbranded as OTC products. “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,” said FDA in a press statement.

Moreover, FDA said some ingredients may cause bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.

The following ingredients are not considered GRAS/GRAE for use as a consumer antiseptic wash:

  • Cloflucarban
  • Fluorosalan
  • Hexachlorophene
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Iodophors (Iodine-containing ingredients)

○ Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)

○ Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)

○ Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine

○ Poloxamer—iodine complex

○ Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent

○ Undecoylium chloride iodine complex

  • Methylbenzethonium chloride
  • Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
  • Phenol (less than 1.5 percent)
  • Secondary amyltricresols
  • Sodium oxychlorosene
  • Tribromsalan
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan
  • Triple dye

Published in WholeFoods Magazine Online, 9/14/16