FDA & EPA opens safety review on a ubiquitous antibacterial chemical

Apr 9, 2010

Triclosan is a product that you’ve probably never heard about and yet you use every single day, dozens of times a day. The antibacterial chemical is found in thousands of household cleaning items, from soap to toothpaste and has been in use for over 30 years—it is also detected in the urine of nearly 75% of people tested, demonstrating how ingrained triclosan is in Americans’ bodies. So it’s probably of little comfort that both the FDA & EPA announced yesterday that they are conducting a safety review of triclosan, and it’s further disturbing that government agencies readily admit that the full effects of triclosan on the health of humans is unknown. The antibacterial agent is also blamed for making bacteria further resistant to antibiotics. How concerned should you be about the effects of triclosan?

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