FDA proposal would require proof that antibacterial soap is safe, effective

12/16/2013 | CNN · Forbes

A proposed rule from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would require manufacturers of liquid soaps containing triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals to prove the ingredients are safe for long-term use and more effective against infection than plain soap. "Some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products -- for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) -- could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects," the agency said. Companies have until June to comment and the FDA hopes to finalize the rule by September 2016.

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