A federal court in New York has dismissed claims filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), seeking to force the agency to regulate two anti-bacterial soap ingredients that NRDC alleges pose health risks. NRDC v. FDA, No. 10-05690 (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D.N.Y., decided January 20, 2011). According to the court, the NRDC lacked standing to bring the lawsuit, apparently agreeing with FDA, which argued in its motion for summary judgment, “NRDC hypothesizes that its members may be subject to increased risks from exposure to triclosan and tricolcarbon, but, as NRCD must acknowledge, its members can and do take steps to avoid exposure to these ingredients.”
According to a news source, NRDC intends to file an appeal from the ruling. The organization reportedly contends that scientific research shows that the chemicals are reproductive toxins that can harm reproductive organs, adversely affect sperm quality and compromise thyroid and sex hormone production and activity. See Product Liability Law 360, January 21, 2011.