FDA Bans Some Antibacterial Products
Antibacterial hand soap and body wash...these products just have to be better than plain soap and water, don’t they? As it turns out, maybe not. According to the FDA, some of these products are no better for preventing the spread of germs, and worse yet, may cause long-term harm.
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a ban on products containing any one of 19 potentially harmful substances—a measure that affects approximately 2,100 products currently on the market. The most common ingredients are called triclosan and triclocarban. Many companies are currently reformulating their products to remove the potentially harmful substances, or have already done so.
The ban, which goes into effect in 2017, was first proposed by the FDA in 2013. Since then, there has not been enough data proving the chemicals are safe, according to the Administration. Some experts insist the products are indeed safe and that they prevent infections more effectively.
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