FDA to examine if common ingredient in antibacterial products works


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367620172&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4043459&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367620172 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A common active ingredient in antibacterial products, like hand soaps, is under government review.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will look at whether the chemical triclosan actually works.

Triclosan has been used for more than 40 years.

The FDA says the chemical is not currently known to be hazardous to human health.

However, scientific studies have since come out that merit taking another look at the effectiveness of the chemical.

The FDA says animal studies have shown the ingredient changes hormone regulation, and other stories have raised the possibility that it contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42


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