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Benefits Of Antibacterial Soap Under Scrutiny

December 17, 2013

The FDA announced it will be scrutinizing antibacterial soaps and body washes to determine their effectiveness in comparison to more traditional counterparts. They are seeking to ensure that the soaps and washes are safe, effective, and prevent the spread of disease better than good ole soap and water. If manufacturers can’t prove they are indeed safer, then it’s back to the drawing board to re-formulate and re-label. This is also an effort to reduce the use of triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps, which are chemicals that can affect the thyroid and estrogen levels, causing early puberty in females and low fertility in males.

[ Read the Article: FDA Proposes Putting Antibacterial Soaps Under Investigation ]