FDA Reviewing Safety of Triclosan

Soap by Twon On April 8, 2010, the FDA addressed the chemical triclosan on their website (in the Consumer Updates section). Many of us have heard for some time now that triclosan, an ingredient used as a preservative to decrease or halt the growth of bacteria, fungi or mildew, can be harmful to our health, the environment and may be responsible for making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This ingredient can be found in many common household products including: antibacterial soaps, body washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, deodorant, shaving cream and much more. Both the EPA and FDA, the authorities responsible for regulating triclosan, state that triclosan is NOT harmful to humans and in recent news, the FDA has stated that more research is being conducted to verify its safety and efficacy.

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