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FDA: Antibacterial washes and soaps not as effective as people think

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Just when people thought they were combating germs and being extra clean by using antibacterial soaps and washes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released new information stating that the products are not as effective as everyone thinks.

In fact, the FDA says that even though the products have reached “widespread consumer use” data fails to show added benefit in using the products, and use can lead to hormone imbalances and antibiotic resistance due to the active ingredient triclosan.

The American Cleaning Institute begs to differ. In the past it has cited two dozen studies that have shown the benefits of using antibacterial soap.

Still, the FDA has issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to produce convincing data that demonstrates that antibacterial soaps are both safe and effective.

On the FDA website, the agency “encourages consumers, clinicians, environmental groups, scientists, industry representatives and others to discuss and weigh in on the proposed rule and the data it discusses.”

The comment period lasts 180 days.

During this time, the FDA reminds everyone that hand washing is one of the most important steps people can take to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees and has posted information about proper hand washing on its website.

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