Triclosan: Four Decades of Regulatory Limbo

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in 1974 that it would determine whether triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in many personal care products, would be considered safe and effective in handsoaps. Since then, as products have hit the market, the agency has said there isn't enough information to make the ruling.

Published Aug. 11, 2014

Source: Data compiled by Bloomberg from FDA documents and transcripts, company websites and statements, lawsuits and scientific studies

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