By Jill U Adams Special to the Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration announced April 8 that it will be taking a look at the safety of a widely used antibacterial chemical, triclosan.
Triclosan — as well as its cousin triclocarban — is found in liquid hand soaps, deodorant bar soaps, face washes, deodorants, toothpastes and mouthwashes, and as well as in germ-fighting cutting boards and socks. In January, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote letters to the FDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging them to review new evidence about the potential harms of triclosan. Markey has called for banning the chemical in personal care products, citing concerns that widespread use of triclosan may encourage the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and, as it gets washed down millions of household drains, may harm wildlife. Continue reading →
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