According to the FDA, triclosan safety is currently being reviewed, but the agency says there is no evidence that these products are dangerous.
At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released data showing that levels of triclosan have increased in humans by an average of 50 percent since 2004. And a new study has shown that both triclosan and triclocarban can enter the food chain through via contaminated wastewater or fertilizer used in agriculture.
For more information, see the NRDC's handout on regulation of antimicrobials in everyday products (PDF) and Antibacterials Q&A on the Hazards of Hormone Disrupting Hand Cleaners.
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