Wednesday, May 23, 2012

scrub, scrub, go away

Something we've all known for a while, but an interesting read none the less! Seems "...federal regulators, consumer advocates and soap manufacturers are locked in a battle (concerning safety) over the active ingredient in Dial Complete and many other antibacterial soaps, a chemical known as triclosan." A bit from the article:

"The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of the chemical, which was created more than 40 years ago as a surgical scrub for hospitals. Triclosan is now in a range of consumer products, including soaps, kitchen cutting boards and even a best-selling toothpaste, Colgate Total. It is so prevalent that a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the chemical present in the urine of 75 percent of Americans over the age of 5.

Several studies have shown that triclosan may alter hormone regulation in laboratory animals or cause antibiotic resistance, and some consumer groups and members of Congress want it banned in antiseptic products like hand soap. The FDA has already said that soap with triclosan is no more effective than washing with ordinary soap and water, a finding that manufacturers dispute.       

The outcome of the federal inquiries poses a significant risk to the makers of antimicrobial and antibacterial hand soaps, which represent about half of the $750 million market for liquid hand soaps in the United States, according to the market research firm Kline & Company..."

You can check out the entire article here! (And thanks to method's Facebook page for the link!)

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