The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all looking into the safety and effectiveness of the popular anti-bacterial agent, triclosan. Triclosan is used in dozens of products, from soaps and toothpaste to clothing and toys, and has been found to be present in the bodies of 75% of Americans over the age of 5.
Federal regulators, consumer advocates, and manufacturers are engaged in a debate over whether or not triclosan provides any real health benefit to consumers. Triclosan studies have shown adverse effects in lab animals and indicate a possibility that triclosan can contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
“FDA is engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient. [The administration] does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time,” FDA.
- Antibacterial agent
- Created more than 40 years ago for use in hospitals
- Reduces/prevents bacterial contamination
- Found in products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys
- Added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics
The Safety of Triclosan
- Not known to be hazardous to humans
- Animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation
- Studies have not shown triclosan to be beneficial in any products other than Colgate toothpaste
- Bacteria studies indicate a possibility that antibacterial agents contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics
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