"Do Soaps With Triclosan Do More Harm Than Good?"

"Critics call on FDA and EPA to review popular anti-microbial's safety in light of new science."

"If co-workers and family members are coming down with infections this winter, you may be tempted to turn to an anti-bacterial soap for protection.

But some scientists are increasingly concerned that a common anti-bacterial ingredient called triclosan may harm people's health. Laboratory studies have found that it may disrupt hormones, interfere with muscle function and promote the growth of stronger bacteria -- and other research suggests it is building up in the environment to the possible peril of wildlife.

What's more, there is no evidence that hand-washing with soap containing triclosan or other anti-microbial ingredients offers any health advantages over regular soap and water, according to advisory committees for the American Medical Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

Monica Eng reports for the Chicago Tribune February 10, 2013.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 02/11/2013