WASHINGTON - The Soap and Detergent Association
(SDA) has responded to claims made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) over the effectiveness of a main ingredient, triclosan, that is found in antibacterial soaps and body washes, according to a press release
According to the release, the SDA noted that it will continue providing an informed perspective on triclosan to the FDA.
Recent scientific papers have shown the benefits of using antibacterial soaps in comparison to non-antibacterial soaps and ingredients such as triclosan are used in hygiene and cleaning products that are integral in the daily hygiene routines of millions of people, the release stated.
Governmental bodies currently regulate antibacterial ingredients like triclosan and, in the United States
, the FDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) test and regulate such ingredients, the release noted.
In particular, according to the release, the SDA would like to reach out to Congressman Edward Markey
, who has challenged the FDA''s and the EPA''s regulation of antibacterial ingredients and overall product safety.
The SDA said: "We want Congressman Markey to be aware of the wealth of high quality scientific data that has been provided to both EPA and FDA on the safety and efficacy of antimicrobial products. Consumers can continue using antibacterial hygiene products with confidence. We strongly believe consumers should continue to have access to these beneficial products."