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FDA bans common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body washes

posted Sep 14, 2016, 12:10 PM by Ann Lee   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 2:07 PM ]
The FDA announced that antibacterial soaps and washes were no more effective than conventional soap and water in preventing illnesses, and may in fact have some health risks including bacterial resistance and hormonal effects.  Manufacturers will have 1 year to remove 19 ingredients from their products or take them off the market.  Some of the ingredients include triclosan and triclocarban.  Companies were not able to provide any convincing data that long-term the ingredients were safe or evidence that they were more effective than soap and water in preventing the spread of illnesses and infections.  This does not affect consumer hand sanitizers, wipes, or antibacterial products used in hospitals and other healthcare settings.