Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Antibacterial soap is not that effective as said

U.S.  Government has noted after about four decades of study and debates on Monday that chemicals in many antibacterial soaps and cleaning products — used daily in homes, schools and elsewhere — may not work against bacteria and may result in health risks by making humans resistant to antibiotics.
From FDA’s site,
In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new rules for the manufacturers of such soaps to prove that they work better than other normal soaps and water or they have to reformulate products.
From FDA’s site,
The agency issued a proposed rule on Dec. 16, 2013 that would require manufacturers to provide more substantial data to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. The proposed rule covers only those consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water. It does not apply to hand sanitizers, hand wipes or antibacterial soaps that are used in health care settings such as hospitals.
Experts are of opinion that many of such products would soon disappear from store shelves.

Further Reading:

FDA Taking Closer Look at 'Antibacterial' Soap - FDA (http://goo.gl/so57r9)

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