Triclosan is a chemical added to products to stop, inhibit, bacterial contamination. The bacteria killer is in everything from soaps to cosmetics.
Representative Edward J. Markey- Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment- in a letter asked the Food and Drug Administration to re-evaluate Triclosan.
The Food and Drug Administration agreed. The last examination concluded that the chemical wasn’t harmful to humans.
The agency confirmed recent studies indicated there was a need for further study.
“The proliferation of Triclosan in everyday consumer products is so enormous, it is literally in almost every type of product – most soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothes and toys,” Markey explained to The Washington Post.
Markey wants Triclosan prohibited for use in food, children’s products and consumer products.