FDA challenges manufacturers to prove their antibacterial products are safe

The FDA proposed on Monday that makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes prove that their products are safe and effective for long-term use. For years, public health experts campaigned for the agency to issue such a rule, saying that antibacterial ingredients could cause hormonal changes in children as well as promote drug-resistant infections. The agency found no evidence that such antibacterial soaps are better in preventing diseases than ordinary soap and water.

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