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ACI refutes researcher mythmaking on hygiene hypothesis

December 1, 2010
WASHINGTON — Research claiming that young people are "overexposed" to antibacterial soap doesn''t reflect real-world usage of a proven, beneficial product used safely and effectively on a daily basis, according to a press release.
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), which represents the U.S. cleaning products industry, refuted the publicity statements promoting research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the release stated.
"This is speculation at its worst. The researchers do not provide data to show a problematic cause-and-effect from usage of antibacterial soap containing triclosan," said Richard Sedlak, ACI''s senior vice president of technical and international affairs.
"Triclosan has been extensively reviewed, researched and regulated for four decades and is globally accepted as safe for daily use," Sedlak added.
According to the release, ACI also expressed disappointment at how the researchers hyped and distorted the study''s conclusions in their attempts to market the research.
Unlike the actual published article, the researchers'' press release omits any mention of the serious limitations, lack of causal demonstration and highly tentative nature of the conclusions in the study, the release noted.
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