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FDA Bans Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps

FDA Bans Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps

(Wealth In Wellness)  The FDA has banned marketing of antibacterial soaps with ingredients such as triclosan. The FDA says they do little to nothing in preventing illness.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.

To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.

Triclosan can be found in many places today. It has been added to many consumer products—including clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—to prevent bacterial contamination. Because of that, people’s long-term exposure to triclosan is higher than previously thought, raising concerns about the potential risks associated with the use of this ingredient over a lifetime.

the FDA is issuing a final rule under which OTC consumer antiseptic wash products (including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes) containing the majority of the antibacterial active ingredients—including triclosan and triclocarban—will no longer be able to be marketed.

Studies are ongoing of the impact triclosan has on humans, including hormonal changes and causing some forms of cancer.

Triclosan is also used in some pesticides.

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