FDA to rule on triclosan, antibacterial ingredient in most soaps

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DENVER — Tricloscan has been in U.S. households for more than 40 years. It is found in body wash and antibacterial soaps. And now the FDA is going to rule whether it is safe.

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to deliver a review on triclosan this summer. The ruling could have an impact on a $1 billion industry that includes hundreds of antibacterial products from soaps to toys, reported the Associated Press.

The ruling comes after lawmakers and consumer advocates put pressure on the FDA saying triclosan is not safe. Recent studies in animals have found it could cause an increased risk of infertility, early puberty and other hormone-related problems.

“To me it looks like the risks outweigh any benefit associated with these products right now,” Allison Aiello, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, told the AP.

The FDA has not set a date for the review. A spokeswoman said the antibacterial agent is “one of the highest priorities” of the FDA.