The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is setting the record straight on recent research on the antibacterial ingredient triclocarban (TCC).

SDA, which represents the nationÕs cleaning product makers and their ingredient suppliers, expressed disappointment at some of the rhetoric used by Johns Hopkins University researcher Rolf Halden to promote his recent study. Dr. Halden, in publicity materials issued by the University, made erroneous statements about TCC, a widely used ingredient in antibacterial hygiene products that eliminates or reduces harmful germs that can cause illness.

Dr. HaldenÕs assertions about TCCÕs safety and the Food and Drug AdministrationÕs (FDA) alleged opinion about TCC are not borne out by the facts, says SDA.

ÒIt is important to recognize that many chemicals used to make everyday products and equipment, including those used in laboratory research labs, can be found in the environment in trace amounts. However, the mere presence of a chemical does not signify a health risk. And we have seen no reliable data suggesting TCC poses a health risk.

ÒFor example, a June 2005 risk assessment on triclocarban, done by a European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, found that triclocarban Ôdoes not pose a direct risk to the health of the consumer.Õ The report is available here (.pdf).

To read the rest of SDA's statement, click here.