Triclosan, antibacterial chemical, linked to health issues
At the behest of concerned lawmakers and consumers, the FDA has started to review the safety of the antimicrobial chemical triclosan, which started as a surgical scrub but is now found everywhere from toothpastes to cutting boards. Triclosan is so ubiquitious that the CDC says that triclosan is present in the urine in 75% of Americans aged five and up. Studies have linked the chemical to hormonal irregularities and antibiotic resistance in animals. Furthermore, the FDA claims that tricoslan disinfects no better than plan soap and water. However, manufacturers dispute the claims about triclosan's safety and efficacy.