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FDA Reviewing Triclosan For Possible Harmful Impact On Humans

April 8, 2010: 03:14 AM EST
In light of recent animal studies of triclosan and consumer concerns the US FDA indicated it is reviewing available scientific evidence on the ingredient’s safety. Animal studies show triclosan can disrupt hormonal activities while bacteria studies suggest it can help make bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies triclosan as pesticide, yet at this point there are no data that showing that triclosan is harmful for humans and some studies show it can have beneficial effects. The ingredient is used in a range of popular products, including in Procter & Gamble's Old Spice and Gillette’s shaving creams, Henkel AG's Dial soap products and Colgate-Palmolive's toothpaste.
"Triclosan: What consumers should know ", U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 08, 2010, © U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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