In a recent press release, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) reminded lawmakers and regulators that antibacterial hygiene and cleaning products and ingredients have a long track record of safety and effectiveness.

In some renewed calls for federal agencies to take action against antibacterial ingredients such as triclosan, the safety and benefit profiles have been completely distorted, according to ACI.

“Antibacterial ingredients like triclosan have been reviewed, regulated and researched by agencies around the world for more than 40 years. They are globally accepted as safe for daily use,” said Brian Sansoni, ACI Vice President of Communication.

“Antibacterial soaps and washes do what they say they do: they kill germs on the skin that can make us sick.

“These products and their ingredients are used daily in hospitals and health care settings. They’re used safely and effectively daily by moms and dads in their homes, by workers in child care centers, and food service providers in restaurants. Consumers should continue to be able to freely choose these products as they have for years.”

The safe use of triclosan in cosmetic and personal care products was recently affirmed by the independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel. Additional summaries on the safe and effective use of triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients and products are available on ACI’s website.