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“Too Clean” Hype Doesn’t Help: ACI Refutes Researcher Mythmaking on Hygiene Hypothesis

02.12.2010
American Cleaning Institute Reiterates Benefits, Safety of Antibacterial Soap Ingredient

Research claiming that young people are “overexposed” to antibacterial soap doesn’t reflect real-world usage of a proven, beneficial product used safely and effectively on a daily basis, according to the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – formerly The Soap and Detergent Association).

ACI (www.cleaninginstitute.org), which represents the U.S. cleaning products industry, refuted the publicity statements promoting research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The authors claimed exposure to the antibacterial ingredient triclosan may lead to allergy suffering in teenagers.

“This is speculation at its worst. The researchers do not provide data to show a problematic cause-and-effect from usage of antibacterial soap containing triclosan,” said Richard Sedlak, ACI’s Senior Vice President of Technical & International Affairs.

“Triclosan has been extensively reviewed, researched and regulated for four decades and is globally accepted as safe for daily use.”

ACI also expressed disappointment at how the researchers hyped and distorted the study’s conclusions in their attempts to market the research. Unlike the actual published article, the researchers’ press release omits any mention of the serious limitations, lack of causal demonstration, and highly tentative nature of the conclusions in the study.

“It’s a shame that the researchers felt it necessary to revive the myth of the 'hygiene hypothesis,' which attempts to link health threats to individuals who supposedly live in ‘too clean’ environments,” said Sedlak.

“From a real-world standpoint, how many of us actually live and work in environs that are ‘too clean’ around the clock? ACI doesn’t want this mythmaking and fear-mongering to discourage individuals from engaging in important cleaning and disinfecting practices. Smart, targeted hygiene is essential to preventing the spread of germs and illness that can truly make us sick or even kill us.”

In 2004, a landmark report by the London-based International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) on the so-called hygiene hypothesis found “no justification” for claims that cleaning and hygiene contribute to an increase in allergies.

The IFH report also found “no evidence that cleaning habits prevalent today are to blame” and “firmly dispels the notion that we are living in super-clean, germ-free homes.”

The report can be found online at
http://www.ifh-homehygiene.org/IntegratedCRD.nsf/
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The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI (www.CleaningInstitute.org) and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.

Brian Sansoni | Newswise Science News
Further information:
http://www.cleaninginstitute.org

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