Birko Shares Truth about Triclosan

Top Quote Triclosan Effective Antimicrobial Ingredient in Birko's Big Red™ Hand Soap. End Quote
  • Denver, CO (1888PressRelease) August 22, 2012 - Triclosan, an antibacterial ingredient found in many common handsoaps, toothpastes, deodorants and sanitizers, has been in the news lately with researchers alleging it may impair muscle function.

    Yet, "Triclosan is an effective antimicrobial ingredient used in hand soaps for the food processing environment, such as Birko's Big Red™," said Dr. Elis Owens, a chemist/microbiologist for Birko. "Birko takes a proactive approach and constantly reviews information regarding the effectiveness and safety of all raw materials," Owens said. "We make changes to formulations where appropriate to maintain the right balance between efficacy and user safety."

    In fact, the vast majority of research indicates that triclosan, when used at levels presently employed in commercial products, is safe. For example, the American Cleaning Institute, quoting a 2011 review by the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, noted that the "use of triclosan at a maximum concentration of 0.3% in toothpastes, hand soaps, body soaps/shower gels and deodorant sticks is considered safe." Triclosan's safety has been confirmed by Health Canada and Environment Canada.

    About Birko

    Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko's equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko's information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women's Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.

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