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FDA Updates Web Site With Triclosan Information

Agency says it does not have sufficient safety data to recommend changes in consumer regulation

THURSDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its Web site (www.fda.gov) with information about triclosan, a common ingredient used in many consumer products -- including antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics -- to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.

The agency is performing ongoing scientific review to incorporate the most current data and information into regulations that govern consumer products containing triclosan. Despite animal studies raising concerns about the safety of triclosan, the FDA says it has not uncovered adequate safety data to recommend changing consumer regulation of products containing the ingredient.

According to the agency, clear evidence exists that certain consumer products containing triclosan provide a benefit, but for other consumer products, the FDA has not received evidence that triclosan provides any added benefit to health.

"At this time, the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water," the FDA said in a news release.

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