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FDA Bans Triclosan From OTC Hand Sanitizer Products.

In April 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule designed to help ensure that over-the-counter (OTC) hand sanitizers are safe and effective for those. The rule establishes that 28 active ingredients, including triclosan, cannot be used in OTC hand sanitizers that are intended for use without water. Potential health risks of triclosan include the development of resistant bacteria and negative effects on thyroid function and production of reproductive hormones, but tehs concerns are based largely on animal studies. Triclosan, which reduces or prevents bacterial contamination, was banned from use in antibacterial soaps in 2016. Triclosan is a common ingredient in many products, including toothpastes, deodorants, some cosmetics, detergents, and pesticides. The cosmetics industry has been largely unregulated for decades, and last year, the FDA began its first survey of safety and manufacturing practices that are followed by cosmetics companies. In related news, earlier this year, a bill called the Personal Care Safety Act was introduced in the Senate that calls for the FDA to create a review process for ingredients in personal care products and for the manufacturing companies to follow good manufacturing practices and keep safety records.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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