Avoid Antibacterial Soaps, Say Consumer Advocates

by Rachel Baker on December 18, 2013

If you are one of those people that think Antibacterial Soap is the end all be all to keeping the germs away, you should maybe reassess.

Federal officials’ questions about antibacterial soaps have raised a lather among environmental and consumer advocates concerned about the safety of controversial ingredients in these cleansers.

Reviving a long-running controversy over antibacterial soaps and body wash, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday that the makers of such products will have to prove that they are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and curtailing infection.

According to the agency announcement, manufacturers will also need to prove that their products are safe for long-term use.

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