FDA bans antibacterial chemicals in liquid hand soaps

File this under “It’s about time”, the FDA finally banded the sale of soaps containing some antibacterial chemicals. In their decision, the FDA said the industry had failed to prove that these chemicals were safe to use over the long term or were more effective than ordinary soap and water. The agency banned 19 chemicals, giving the industry a year to remove them from their products. But the ban only applies to hand and bar soap. At least one toothpaste, Colgate Total will still be allowed to use the chemicals. The FDA is still studying the chemicals in hand sanitizers and wipes, but will make a final ruling on these products soon. A number of the chemicals used in these products are known hormone disrupters and bad for the environment.

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