Ashkin Applauds FDA’s Move on Antibacterial Soaps

On December 16, 2013, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reported it was requiring manufacturers to demonstrate if triclocarban and triclosan, which are now found in some hand soaps, among other products, are safe; if not, the FDA wants them removed from the marketplace.

Originally, surgeons used triclocarban to wash their hands before operations. However, in recent years this chemical as well as triclosan, which is similar, have been used in a wide range of products from mouthwash, hand soap, and cosmetics, to some cleaning products used mostly by consumers.

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