Do antibacterial soaps have no effect? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement yesterday that antibacterial soaps and gels are "ineffective at best and harmful to public health at worst."
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an "operation" against antibacterial soaps and gels, following intense demands from the medical community and consumer groups. The FDA said in a statement yesterday that antibacterial soaps and gels are "ineffective at best and harmful to public health at worst." The FDA has asked manufacturers to provide evidence that these antibacterial chemicals are more effective at preventing disease and the spread of infections than regular soap and water and are safe for long-term use. Otherwise, companies will be asked to reformulate their products and remove antibacterial chemicals and labels from their formulas. This will mean the withdrawal of antibacterial products from the market.
No scientific evidence
According to numerous studies, there is no scientific evidence showing that these products, which are used by millions of people all over the world, have superiority over normal soap. On the contrary, there are data showing that chemicals called 'triclosan' found in antibacterial liquid soaps and 'triclocarban' found in bar soaps cause diseases such as cancer, hormone disorders, muscle dysfunctions, asthma and allergies. According to studies, another threat posed by these chemicals is the emergence of resistant bacteria.
"There needs to be a clear demonstration that the benefits of the substances in these products are greater," said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Research and Development.
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