Triclosan is an ingredient that is included in many consumer products such as clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys, to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. An FDA Consumer Update reported that triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous for humans and the FDA does not have adequate safety evidence to recommend changing consumer use of triclosan-containing products at this time.
Antibacterial soaps and body washes, and toothpastes are considered over-the-counter drugs. If an over-the-counter drug contains triclosan, it will be listed as an ingredient on the Drug Facts label. At this time, FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits compared to soap and water.
The FDA is reviewing the available evidence on triclosan’s safety in consumer products and will share the findings of its review with the public. You can learn more about triclosan here.