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Environmentalists sue to limit 'antibacterial' chemicals

July 30, 2010
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WASHINGTON — An environmental group is suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to press the agency to restrict antimicrobial chemicals used widely in soaps, hand sanitizers and a wide range of other consumer products, according to a press release.
The nonprofit National Resources Defense Council filed its lawsuit in federal court in New York on Tuesday, asking the judge to slap a deadline on the FDA to issue regulations on triclosan and triclocarban, the release stated.
According to the advocacy group, triclosan is so common that three-quarters of Americans have it in their urine.
Experts also have questioned the effectiveness of the ingredient: An advisory panel to the FDA said in 2005 that there was no evidence the antibacterial soaps work better than regular soap and water, the release noted.
According to the release, spokespeople for the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing their policies against discussing pending litigation: No manufacturers or retailers were named as defendants or were cited in the lawsuit.
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