WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement Thursday, saying it does not yet have enough information to recommend use or non-use of triclosan.
The chemical — a common ingredient added to many consumer products, including antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes and some cosmetics — is designed to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
In January, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Maine, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, asked the FDA about its ongoing review of triclosan in consumer products.
“In light of animal studies raising questions about triclosan’s safety, the agency is engaged in an ongoing scientific review to incorporate the most up-to-date data and information into the regulations that govern consumer products containing triclosan,” the federal agency said. But, officials added, “The FDA does not have sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.”
But officials said the agency currently has no evidence triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.
The FDA said it expects its review to be completed early next year.
More information is available at http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm205999.htm.
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