FDA says anti-bacterial soaps may pose health risks
Antibacterial soaps may not be as healthy as consumers think. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is performing a safety review of the popular soaps due to recent studies suggesting that certain ingredients within them may cause resistance to antibiotics and mess with hormone levels.
The FDA singled out triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps as the ingredients that could possibly lead to bacterial resistance in humans, causing immunity to some antibiotics. New data also indicated these chemicals may have altered hormone levels in animals, though this has not yet been shown to occur in humans.
Soap manufacturers must prove to the FDA that these antibacterial soaps are safe and better than regular soaps by submitting clinical trial results by the end of 2014. If the FDA is not convinced of their health claims, then the products would either be removed from the market or need to be relabeled.