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Triclosan is a chemical added to consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is added to antibacterial soaps, body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics products as well as in clothing, kitchenware and many other products. Triclosan is absorbed through the skin or mouth.
In a large 2008 study, which was designed to assess exposure to triclosan in a representative sample of U.S. children and adults, triclosan was found in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested.Also some short-term animal studies showed that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones while other studies have raised the possibility that exposure to triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.\
In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a rule stating that over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products containing many potentially harmful antibacterial active ingredients including triclosan and triclocarban can no longer be marketed to consumers.
Many manufacturers have started removing this ingredient from their products. As a concerned individual you must read the food label carefully and if you see Triclosan in the ingredients then don’t buy those products.
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