FDA to Take a Closer Look at Antibacterial Soaps

OK, I apologize I’ve been absent for a bit, but please come back and I’ll try to regain your trust.

Washing Hands with SoapThere have been questions regarding the safety of antibacterial soaps and body washes for quite a while in the scientific journals and on message boards. Now the FDA has decided to take a closer look at the need for anti-bacterial soaps, and what they might be doing to our immune system.

According to a FDA (FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap) consumer update Every day, consumers use antibacterial soaps and body washes at home, work, school and in other public settings. Especially because so many consumers use them, FDA believes that there should be clearly demonstrated benefits to balance any potential risks. In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA. Moreover, antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven.

If you want to know what is in the products that you have in under your sink (or anywhere in your house) I highly recommend you look at the Household Products Database. This is a collaboration between the NIH and National Library of Medicine, that compiles information about common household products. You can search the site to learn more about what’s in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

Thanks for stopping by.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference

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