Philippine public recently pushed PFDA to ban the use of the antibacterials Triclosan & Triclocarban in personal care and cosmetic products (PCCPs).
Triclosan & Triclocarban are normally used as antibacterials in cosmetics especially in soap and wash products. The current scientific consensus is that these substances are environmentally persistent endocrine disrupting chemicals, bioaccumulative and also toxic to aquatic and other organism. Triclosan & Triclocarban also enter the human circulatory system, are classed as teratogens, can concentrate in breast milk and damage the health of breastfeeding babies.
According to US Food and Drug Administration, Triclosan & Triclocarban are among 19 banned antibacterials. Philippine environmental activists have persuaded consumer's not to purchase soap and other products containing Triclosan & Triclocarban, and are now attempting to persuade policymakers to issue an official ban.
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