According to the US health regulators, antibacterial chemicals that are present in soaps as well as body washes pose severe health risks. This has pushed the Food and Drug Administration to call for the safety review of products that have these antibacterial ingredients.
As per the proposed rule, the manufacturers of soaps and other such products are to prove that their products are safe to use and more effective against infections when compared with plains soaps as well as water. Several recent studies have indicated that a particular ingredient in such products can easily scramble the hormone levels and trigger a boost in drug-proof bacteria.
The rule does not apply to hand sanitizers and products that are used in healthcare settings with alcohol as an ingredient. Manufacturers are to send in their results of clinical trials on the products by the end of 2014. The regulations are said to be finalised by 2016.
An FDA microbiologist, Colleen Rogers, said that according to the new data the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps outweigh the benefits.
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