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Walmart, Target and other retailers are facing rising pressure to stop selling products that contain the chemical triclosan, ahead of a meeting with suppliers next month.
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that has been linked to cancerous cell growth and disruptions in development in animals.
It's used in a variety of products, including soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even toys and socks.
American regulators haven't decided yet whether to ban it, so for now it's still allowed in products, but that has many consumer groups worried.
Bob Moon of Bloomberg Radio joins Here & Now's Robin Young with details.
This segment aired on August 15, 2014.