Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, was happy to hear that the FDA will now require manufacturers to prove that their antibacterial soaps are safe and are more effective than soap and water. However, many groups have asked the FDA and EPA to ban triclosan from consumer products, including Beyond Pesticides.
Feldman explained, "Given the marketplace shift away from triclosan, regulators should take note and immediately act to remove this toxic material from consumer products immediately. While we are pleased that FDA recognizes the triclosan problem, the time for action has long passed and the threat to consumers and the environment should end today."
Several major manufacturers have already begun the process of creating formulas without triclosan. Johnson & Johnson and Proctor and Gamble have stated publicly that they will phase out the chemical from their product lines. Colgate-Palmolive has reformulated their liquid dish soaps to exclude triclosan.