FDA Questions Antibacterial Soap Claims

The FDA says antibacterial soaps and body washes may be linked to hormone imbalance and may cause bacteria to become resistant to drugs

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Federal regulators said Monday that antibacterial soap and body wash makers should have to prove their products are effective and safe within one year if they are to continue selling them as marketed.

The Food and Drug Administration, in its proposal for a new rule, said in a statement that products like like Henkel AG & Co’s Dial soap could be linked to hormone imbalances and bacterial resistance. It also said there is no proof the products are more effective than washing traditional soap and water.

The proposal comes amid a larger FDA review of the active ingredients like triclosan in most antibacterial hand soaps and body washes, which have drawn skepticism from scientists for roughly 40 years, Bloomberg reports.

The new rule, which would still have to go through a 180-day comment period, would not affect alcohol-based hand sanitizers or antibacterial products in health care settings, the FDA said.

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james.thomas
james.thomas

In my opinion there is no point of selling something that spoil health in anyways. I respect what FDA is concerned about, only a triclosan free soap deserve to be called the best antibacterial soap.

BabuG.Ranganathan
BabuG.Ranganathan

THE BEST WEAPON AGAINST GERMS OF ALL KINDS is colloidal silver. Germs, including viruses of all types, cannot develop resistance to colloidal silver.

Please read my Internet article, PROTECT YOUR BODY WITH COLLOIDAL SILVER. Just google the title to access the article.

Babu G. Ranganathan
B.A. Bible/Biology

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Babu G. Ranganathan
(B.A. Bible/Biology)

vgupta123
vgupta123

Finally! Not long ago, anti-bacterial soap was so much in fashion, that I could not find regular liquid soap even after going to three different major stores. I had to settle for the anti-bacterial variety. Just goes to show how our health is at the mercy of these fads. 

Whenever possible, I just use natural products.