FDA Warns Antibacterial Soaps May Pose Health Risks melisasource

FDA Warns Antibacterial Soaps May Pose Health Risks

FDA Warns Antibacterial Soaps May Pose Health Risks melisasource

Antibacterial soaps are getting a much closer look from the Food and Drug Administration.

 

The agency says chemicals in many antibacterial soaps thought to fight germs may actually pose health risks. The agency proposed new rules for the makers of such cleansers to prove they work better than plain soap and water. Today they issued a proposed rule to require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Under the proposal, if companies do not demonstrate such safety and effectiveness, these products would need to be reformulated or relabeled to remain on the market.

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Their goal? To ensure that the ingredients found in antibacterial soaps are proven to be safe and effective.

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“Antibacterial soaps and body washes are used widely and frequently by consumers in everyday home, work, school, and public settings, where the risk of infection is relatively low,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “Due to consumers’ extensive exposure to the ingredients in antibacterial soaps, we believe there should be a clearly demonstrated benefit from using antibacterial soap to balance any potential risk.” {fda.gov}

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Take a look at the video clip below:

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Almost all soaps labeled “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” contain at least one of the antibacterial ingredients addressed in the proposed rule. The most common active ingredients in antibacterial soaps are triclosan and triclocarban. Some soaps labeled “deodorant” may also contain these ingredients. {fda.gov}

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Concerned about the ingredients in antibacterial soap? Check the labels of your soap purchases, or consider switching to all-natural soaps instead. You can also buy a mini bar of all-natural soap to keep with you while on the go.

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Story source: fda.gov

Video source: YouTube/AssociatedPress

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Makeba Giles is an Inspiration, Culture, Lifestyle, and Family Blogger. She is also a Midwest Mother of four, and the Founder and Creative Director of MELISASource.com. | EMAIL: melisasource@yahoo.com

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