The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the safety of an ingredient in most anti-bacterial soaps and body washes.
Recent studies of the ingredient called triclosan suggest it might increase the risk for infertility and early puberty. Triclosan is found in 75% of antibacterial products. Some experts think the chemical may be harmful and at the very least, ineffective.
The ingredient has been under FDA review for nearly 40 years, but the agency aims to finalize its review sometime this year.
A large research analysis by the University of Michigan in 2007 found antibacterial soaps with triclosan were no better at reducing bacteria on skin than regular soap.
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