Quartz: A harmful antibacterial the US has banned in hand soap is still allowed in toothpaste


Nearly a year has passed since the US Food and Drug Administration banned Triclosan from hand soaps and body wash in the country. But the antimicrobial and its chemical relatives are still on the ingredients list for loads of other products people in the US and internationally put on their skin and in their mouths—more than 2,000 of them, according to a statement published Tuesday (June 20) and signed by 200 doctors and scientists from all over the world.

Citing well over 100 peer-reviewed papers, they concluded that triclosan does more harm than good, and should not be in products for everyday use.

Zoë Schlanger

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