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FDA Looks at Antibacterial Soap for Hormone Effects

Posted Apr 08 2010 4:48pm

Is antibacterial soap better to cleanse your hands of germs than regular soap and water?

That’s one question weighing on the FDA as it conducts a safety review of triclosan, an ingredient designed to fight bacteria that’s in a variety of consumer products, including liquid hand soap, kitchenware and even some toys and clothing.

The agency disclosed the “scientific and regulatory review of the safety of triclosan in FDA-regulated products,” in a statement posted to its Web site.

The FDA announced its review after queries from Rep. Edward J. Markey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. He sent letters to the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year about triclosan. Triclosan is regulated as an antimicrobial active ingredient by EPA while the FDA oversees its use in consumer products.

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