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What is Triclosan? Ingredient added to many consumer products

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What is Triclosan? It is an ingredient that is added to various consumer products. Its purpose is to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. This chemical can be found in items such as clothing, kitchenware, and furniture. In addition, it is often added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and a variety of cosmetic—products.

All over-the-counter drugs containing triclosan will be displayed on the ingredient section of the label. Any items containing triclosan which are listed in the Food and Drug category are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At this time data collected about Triclosan doesn’t appear to be hazardous to humans. Yet, after several scientific studies the FDA is reviewing and testing the ingredients to ensure consumer safety.

Yet, studies have concluded that tricolosan alters hormone regulation in animals. Although the chemical tricolosan has this effect on animals as of yet it hasn’t been proven to have the same effect on humans.

There are other studies in bacteria that have raised questions about the possibility of triclosan making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

What is Triclosan? The FDA is involved in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient. To date the FDA has no sufficient safety evidence that recommends the changing of this popular consumer product known as triclosan.



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