PURELL® Products Do Not Contain Triclosan
A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is purportedly linking exposure to triclosan with potential muscle function impairment in animals. While this study raises questions about cumulative exposure to triclosan, public health experts have not made a recommendation to avoid the use of products that contain triclosan.
Public health experts like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada and the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCP) have repeatedly investigated risks of consumer exposure to triclosan. Conclusions have consistently stated that in approved concentrations, exposure is considered negligible and is safe under the provisions of the intended use.
The FDA has a webpage regarding triclosan use and below are some excerpts from that page.
What consumers should know1:
- Triclosan is not known to be hazardous to humans.
- FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.
- At this time, FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water. Consumers concerned about using hand and body soaps with triclosan should wash with regular soap and water.
- Consumers can check product labels to find out whether products contain triclosan.
GOJO has several handwashes that contain triclosan but also offers a wide range of hand hygiene products that do not contain triclosan. GOJO recommends you choose the right solution for your situation.
If added antibacterial protection is desirable such as in healthcare settings where infections caused by poor hand hygiene may cause loss of life, we would recommend our most efficacious program of triclosan handwash and PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. For settings such as schools, we recommend GOJO® Green Certified Foam Hand Cleaner and PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Foam when handwashing with soap and water is not practical.
Some media reports about the study have inaccurately associated triclosan with both hand sanitizer and antibacterial soaps. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations do not allow the use of triclosan as an active ingredient in "leave on" products like hand sanitizer. PURELL hand sanitizer products do not contain triclosan.
GOJO has public health and well being as its top priority and will continue to monitor conclusions from public health experts and take action in accordance with their guidelines.