Forbes: Scientists Call For Tighter Limits On Use Of Ubiquitous Antimicrobial Chemicals


Triclosan, an antimicrobial chemical, is tough to avoid., which probably explains why it’s been found in the urine of most humans who’ve been tested.

Last September, the Food and Drug Administration gave manufacturers one year in which to stop using triclosan in liquid soaps, due to a lack of evidence that it’s safe and effective.  And yet, the chemical is still allowed in a surprising array of products, ranging from toothpaste to tablecloths to tarps, according to the new “Guide to Triclosan” from the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. EWG developed its list of products containing triclosan by reviewing industry documents and government databases.

Rita Rubin

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