Monday, September 26, 2016 08:00 AM

FRESH AND FIT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW FDA BAN ON ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS

The Food and Drug Administration[1]recently issued a final rule banning the sale[2]of certain over-the-counter antibacterial soaps.

Active ingredients triclosan and triclocarban, as well as 17 other commonly used ingredients[3], can no longer be put on the market. If youre worried this was some sort of kneejerk reaction based on fear and not legitimate concerns, you shouldnt be. Three years ago, the FDA told the companies that make and sell these products to prove their safety and effectiveness, but the FDA was unconvinced. Personally, that seems like a good thing for all of us, and heres why.

Their products did more harm than good.Until recently, more than 75[4]percentof liquid soaps available at the store contained some type of antibacterial ingredient. While triclosan and triclocarban are the most common, some products also contain alcohol and chloride. These ingredients and soaps are effective in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities. Because the patients have a weakened immune system, preventing ...

News source: Nooga.com

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