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FDA continues to review triclosan

August 25, 2011

NEW YORK — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the safety of triclosan, which was created more than 40 years ago as a surgical scrub for hospitals, according to the New York Times.

The chemical can now be found in a wide variety of products, including soaps, cutting boards and even in a brand of toothpaste, the article stated.

According to the article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that triclosan can be found in the urine of 75 percent of Americans over the age of five.

Several studies are now showing that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance, causing some consumer groups and members of Congress to want it banned in antiseptic products like hand soap, the article noted.

The FDA was supposed to announce the findings of their study several months ago, but that has reportedly been pushed until next year, the article added.

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