FDA’s Clean Sweep of Antibacterial Soaps

The US FDA has banned the sale of soaps with 19 antibacterial chemicals, saying that industry has provided little evidence of safety or effectiveness.

Industry, which fought the ban, has a year to remove the chemicals from their liquid hand soaps and bar soaps. Public health experts have long warned that unrestricted use of antimicrobials in soaps risk promoting drug resistance.

“They had absolutely no benefit but we kept them buzzing around us everywhere. They are in breast milk, in urine, in blood, in babies just born, in dust, in water,” said Rolf Halden, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.
The New York Times

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