WASHINGTON US bans an­tibac­te­rial soap chem­i­cals

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion has banned sev­eral key chem­i­cals in an­tibac­te­rial hand soap, warn­ing of health risks and say­ing they were not more ef­fec­tive than or­di­nary soap.

The FDA move took aim at 19 in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing the two most com­mon, tri­closan and tri­clo­car­ban, which are widely in­cluded in liq­uid and bar an­tibac­te­rial soaps de­spite fears they dam­age the im­mune sys­tem.

“Con­sumers may think an­tibac­te­rial washes are more ef­fec­tive at pre­vent­ing the spread of germs, but we have no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that they are any bet­ter than plain soap and water,” said Janet Wood­cock, di­rec­tor of the FDA’s drugs di­vi­sion.

The ban does not in­clude hand dis­in­fec­tant prod­ucts used in hos­pi­tals and other med­i­cal cen­tres, the FDA said.

Theresa Michele, who works with the per­sonal care side of the agency, said most non-med­i­cal prod­ucts on the mar­ket con­tain at least one of the banned in­gre­di­ents.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers have a year to com­ply with the ban, and some are al­ready work­ing to re­move the in­gre­di­ents in ques­tion from their prod­ucts, the FDA said. –

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