Soap makers follow US lead on triclosan

Major manufacturers are removing triclosan from antibacterial soaps sold in Australia after the chemical was banned in the US.

The US Food and Drug Adminstration in September banned the sale of over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body-wash products containing triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal agent, and 18 other chemicals over concerns their long-term use encourages drug resistant-bacteria.

Australian manufacturers are now following the US lead, despite triclosan still being legal in Australia.

The FDA said there was not enough evidence to show these products were better than ordinary soap and