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Germ-Killing Antibacterial Soaps Could Pose Health Risks: FDA


12/16/2013 8:40:46 AM

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Antibacterial soaps would have one year to prove their safety and effectiveness to remain on U.S. store shelves, part of a proposal by regulators to curb overuse of germ-killing chemicals that’s spurred 40 years of debate. Two of the chemicals, triclosan and triclocarban, may be linked to hormone imbalances and antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement today. The decision mainly affects hand- and body-wash products, such as Henkel AG & Co.’s Dial, and doesn’t address mouthwash, cosmetics and cleaners where the antiseptic chemicals are also commonly found.

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