Forty years after it started investigating triclosan, an anti-bacterial ingredient in liquid soaps, the FDA has found no evidence that the chemical actually prevents the spread of germs. Unless they can prove their effectiveness, manufacturers may have to relabel or discontinue their anti-bacterial products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer recognized as “safe.” If the determination is finalized, partially hydrogenated oils will be considered food additives that could not be used without special authorization.
This is reassuring: the FDA says that, sometime this year, they'll finally get around to properly investigating triclosan, the germ-killing ingredient used in anti-bacterial soaps, mouthwash, toothpaste and toys. But how long has this potentially-harmful chemical been on the market? Only 40 plus years.
If you'd considered getting or giving "wrinkle treatment" as holiday gift, perhaps you should reconsider. Of course, there are many reasons why you should reconsider but here's the most urgent one: Last month, the FDA sent a letter to 350 doctors warning them that they may have received counterfeit or unsafe Botox from a Canadian supplier.
The FDA is to be commended for consistently raising the vomit-bar when it comes to cigarette warnings. Next month, they're rolling out nine graphic new labels — collect them all! — featuring the most impressive-looking cancer lungs and sliced-open cadavers we've seen to date. Take that, Saw movie campaign! But your favorite nic-pushers are done playing Mr. Nice Tobacco Conglomerate: They're fighting back! With lawyers!