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Antimicrobials Face Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

1:14 PM MST | February 14, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Antimicrobial ingredients are facing increased regulatory and public scrutiny due to concerns that they could be damaging to the environment, disruptive to the human endocrine system, and may encourage drug-resistance. In April of last year, FDA announced it is reviewing the safety of triclosan, an ingredient found in many antibacterial consumer products, after animal studies showed the chemical alters hormone regulation. FDA also says it “does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with...

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