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Group urges tougher limits on chemical in soaps, cosmetics

Group urges tougher limits on chemical in soaps, cosmetics

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TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 -- The germ-fighting chemical triclosan has got to go, an international coalition of scientists claims.Triclosan is found in thousands of products ranging from soap and cosmetics to toothpaste and common household items.But evidence has shown that antimicrobials like triclosan not only fall short in killing bacteria, but they may also harm human health, the coalition said in urging much stricter limits on use of the chemical.This follows action last year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other microbial agents from hand soap and body wash sold in the United States because they "are not generally recognized as safe and effective."The FDA's move prompted major manufacturers -- such as Johnson & Johnson and Procter & ...