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Triclosan linked to liver damage, cancer in mice
Triclosan linked to liver damage, cancer in mice

The antimicrobial agent triclosan -- widely found in soaps, toothpastes, detergents and other cleansers beloved by germophobes, may promote scarring of the liver and the growth of cancerous liver tumors, says a new study. That finding -- in male mice fed a daily dose of triclosan in their diet over eight months -- is likely to lead regulators at the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency down new paths as each agency continues its review of the antimicrobial agent's safety. While triclosan has raised concerns as a possible hormone-disrupting chemical, this is the first study in living animals (as opposed to cell cultures) that suggests it could harm the...