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FDA Issues Consumer Update On Triclosan

FDA Issues Consumer Update on Triclosan

Not too long ago, the Canadian Medical Association proposed a ban on triclosan, an ingredient found in many antibacterial products that is used to stop the growth of bacteria. Now, the FDA has issued a consumer update, acknowledging that safety concerns over the ingredient warranted a review.

The report acknowledges that triclosan is not known to be a hazard to humans, but following new research, some studies have shown it can alter hormone regulation in animals. Plus, it could contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, which is why the Canadian Medical Association proposed the ban. For now, the FDA is calling triclosan safe to use, so there's no need to worry about tossing your antibacterial products. But, the FDA has not found evidence that products containing triclosan provide a health benefit over triclosan-free products, so eliminating the stuff from your supply of toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizers, and more won't do any harm, either. In a statement issued Friday, Canada declined to say whether or not they agree with the FDA's stance.

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MsChoo MsChoo 7 years
Never did like using those hand sanitizers. I dont feel clean that way(plus the whole resistant bacteria thing etc). Its good ol; soap and warm water for me.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
It always amazes me when people consider it healthy to slather themselves with "sanitizing" chemicals. The funny thing is, the people I know who frequently use hand sanitizers are the same people who get colds every year.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Not surprising. I read about the warnings of triclosan awhile ago and continue to read about this toxin. It does damage your body by seeping in through your skin. You can get an idea of the dangers on the Cosmetics Database but I also recommend delving further into the research. FDA sits back and lets many harmful substances slide by without notice to the people. If you need a good product during flu-season or if you come in contact with many people, CleanWell sells a wonderful, chemical free hand sanitizer. No worries about it polluting your system. Unlike Purell.
ceej ceej 7 years
No anti bacterial products are a good idea whether it's that disgusting hand sanitiser or surface cleaners. Bacteria is good.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It's not like it's a poison; it's just a really bad idea. The way that it gets rid of bacteria is a way that promotes bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It's definitely not a necessary ingredient; that's for sure.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
inlove I have been trying a sample of Burt's Bees toothpaste. So far, so good.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I take that back, I didn't read the whole article. lol. I just wish there wasn't so much secert junk in our products.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
That's really scary that you found it in your toothpaste! Does anyone have a natural toothpaste, just wondering? I stopped using hand sanitizer when I found out it weakened your immune system.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I just noticed this morning that this stuff is in my toothpaste.
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