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Decades-old question: Is anti-bacterial soap safe?

May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON -- It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet. But federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan -- the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. -- is ineffective, or worse, harmful.

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