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Triclosan Raises Health Concerns

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Consumer advocates, federal regulators and the makers of many common consumer products are locked in a battle over whether the benefits of Triclosan, the active ingredient in Dial Complete, outweigh the possible safety issues of the chemical.

Dial Complete is currently embroiled in a Multidistrict Litigation regarding allegations that Dial makers made unsubstantiated health claims while promoting the product, and that the active ingredient Triclosan leads to bacterial resistance.

Triclosan, created over four decades ago for use as a surgical scrub, is now found in a plethora of consumer products including antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, and even cutting boards., In fact, the chemical is so common in homes, the Center for Disease Control found triclosan in the urine of 75% of Americans over the age of five, the New York Times reported.

Several studies have found triclosan disrupts thyroid hormone, and alters the sex hormones of laboratory animals. Researchers have also found that the chemical can cause certain bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit in 2010 saying the FDA proposed regulating products like triclosan in 1972 but didn’t. The FDA also proposed eliminating triclosan in hand soaps and scrubs in 1978, but never did. In 1994, the FDA again proposed similar action, but never finalized its reviews.

In 2005, the FDA advisory board reported that soap with triclosan was no better at preventing illness than regular soap. Last year, the FDA issued a notice that it did not have “sufficient safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of products that contain triclosan at this time.”
 disclaimer: This article: Triclosan Raises Health Concerns was posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 8:42 pm at and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits.

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