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Print Posted By Safe Cosmetics Australia on 06/26/2017 in Skin Care

Triclosan is a known carcinogen, why is this chemical in baby products?

Triclosan is a known carcinogen, why is this chemical in baby products?

We are way behind when it comes to putting consumer health first, triclosan is banned in the EU, restricted in the US yet it remains unrestricted for use in Australia? Triclosan is a known carcinogen used in many product formulations including baby shampoo. It pollutes the environment and offers absolutely no benefit to the skin. Soon to be banned from American soaps, triclosan will still be permitted in many other products, yet Australia has no limitations or restrictions on the use of triclosan. We are way behind when it comes to putting consumer health first, triclosan is banned in the EU, restricted in the US yet it remains unrestricted for use in Australia?

The Australian Government websites state that when starting a new business manufacturing products or chemicals, it is a legal requirement (of the business owner ) in Australia to check the AICS list of chemicals to find out if each chemical is permitted, restricted or available for use? Triclosan is permitted for use in Australia, the chemical is on the "list of priority existing chemicals 2009" - but sadly, it appears that not much has been done during this time to restrict or ban triclosan from Australian products. In Australia, the TGA transfers the monitoring of ingredients used in Australian cosmetic products onto the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS). But, NICNAS advises that the most important source of information found on restricted or prohibited chemicals is the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP), otherwise known as the Poisons Standard. It seems that no government department wishes to raise their hands and say they are responsible? 

NICAS published this statement in the report dated 2009 - "Triclosan is not manufactured in Australia but is imported into Australia as the raw chemical (>99% (w/w) powder); as a liquid solution (10 - < 20% (w/v)); as plastic pellets; and as an ingredient in various products. Triclosan is included in many consumer products because of its antimicrobial activity. The main use of triclosan in Australia is in the formulation of personal care and cosmetic products, therapeutic products and cleaning agents. Other uses of triclosan are in the treatment of textiles and in plastics manufacture. It is also used in the formulation of some oil-based paints. Additionally, triclosan is imported into Australia as an ingredient in a large number of end products intended for consumer use, including cosmetic and personal care products, therapeutic products, veterinary products, pesticides, household cleaning products, and grouting material. Triclosan is reported to be used in a similar range of products overseas. This assessment did not take into account the health or environmental effects of triclosan imported as part of finished plastic and textile articles, as no information was provided on the amounts of triclosan in imported articles." - download the full report here>>

Alarming is this statement published by NICNAS on public exposure and health risks "Public exposure to triclosan can occur through the use of cosmetic and personal care products, household cleaning products, paint, and textile articles containing triclosan. Given the types of triclosan-containing products available to the public, the main route of exposure is likely to be dermal. However, oral exposure may occur through accidental or incidental ingestion of lip balm, toothpaste or mouthwash formulations. Also inhalation exposure may occur through breathing aerosols generated from the use of cosmetic and personal care products or cleaning products." - yet Triclosan remains unrestricted for use in Australia? For tips on how to avoid Triclosan see EWG's website here>>

Resources:

Australian Government Chemical Gazette

Published by NICNAS - search public AICS over 40,000 + chemicals

Federal Register of Legislation - Poisons Standard June 2017

Published by the TGA - The Poisons Standard

Published by NICNAS - Permitted or restricted chemicals include

Article by EWG - Where is Triclosan still permitted for use?

Published by NICNAS - Cosmetics and Soaps

Published by the TGA - OTC medicine monograph: Hand sanitise

Other Articles of Interest by Safe Cosmetics Australia: 

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