WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Antibacterial soaps have exploded in the last 10 years as a way to cut down on germs. The only problem is the FDA now says the antibacterial chemicals don’t stop the transmission of germs and could instead be a danger to your health.
The FDA specifically looked at triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients and found they did nothing to help stymie diseases. The FDA ruling gives credence to longstanding warnings from scientists who believe the chemicals can cause problems with hormone levels.
The FDA proposed a rule in light of the findings that will require manufacturers to prove their antibacterial soaps/cleaners are safe and more effective than regular soap and water.
The ruling has been 40 years in the making and the government only agreed to publish the findings after a legal battle with an environmental group which accused the FDA of delaying action.
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