Antibacterial hand soap, triclosan safe despite public uncertainty

11/29/2012 | RealClearPolicy

The Food and Drug Administration has for decades withheld a final ruling on triclosan, which is a key ingredient in antibacterial soaps, but the evidence clearly shows it is safe and effective, writes Paul Alexander. "Antibacterial products are as important today as they have ever been. Yet because of the inability of the government to take definitive action, the fate of one substance -- triclosan -- hangs in the balance," he writes.

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