FDA BANS COMMON CHEMICALS FOUND IN ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP
(Los Angeles, CA) – On September 2, 2016, the FDA announced a ban on chemicals commonly found in antibacterial hand soap. From triclosan, to dioxine, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and ureas, the FDA announced this past September, that some of these chemicals – triclosan (found in liquid soap) and triclocarbon (found in bars of soap), have one year to be removed from their respective antibacterial consumer products, saying there is no specific evidence that these antibacterial soaps are any better than plain soap and water. Further they indicate that data now suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term, actually encouraging bacterial resistance and unanticipated hormonal effects.
One becomes very concerned when the evidence now suggests that the daily soap we use to clean our hands and bodies, may actually be doing more harm than good.
Now more than a $3.1 billion industry, the marketing research firm, Mintel, stated in recent years, that 7 out of 10 individuals have now adopted “body wash” when taking showers or baths – a liquid replacement for bar soap. (As a side note, if the word “soap” does not appear anywhere on the label, then technically, the consumer is bathing with a “synthetic detergent”.)
Americans, last year spent more than $2.7 billion on liquid soap and $1.5 billion on bar soap.
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