Saturday, August 20, 2011
Dangers of Triclosan in Consumer Products
The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of triclosan in hand soaps, a chemical that was created more than 40 years ago as a surgical scrub for hospitals. Triclosan is now in a range of consumer products, including soaps like Dial, kitchen cutting boards and even a best-selling toothpaste, Colgate Total. It is so prevalent that a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the chemical present in the urine of 75 percent of Americans over the age of 5.
Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance, and some consumer groups and members of Congress want it banned in antiseptic products like hand soap. The F.D.A. has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.
The F.D.A. was to announce the results of its review several months ago, but now says the timing is uncertain and unlikely until next year. The Environmental Protection Agency is also looking into the safety of triclosan.
Posted by Renata Lima Lerch at 9:05 AM