From: Public Radio International

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the middle of a lengthy review of the chemical triclosan — a product that’s in countless consumer products like toothpaste and soap. There’s a movement to try and get the product more stringently regulated in the United States — or banned outright. And they might have just gotten a boost from Canada.

Triclosan has been around for 40 years. For nearly all that time U.S. officials have been investigating the chemical’s safety and effectiveness. Now the Canadian government has just declared the antibacterial agent an environmental toxin, and has proposed regulations to curtail its use in Canada.

The FDA review is supposed to be completed by winter 2012.

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