FDA bans common chemicals used in antibacterial soaps
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that it is banning the use of several common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and washes. It has also confirmed what many have been speculating for years: antibacterial products are no more effective than conventional soaps in preventing illnesses, in fact, many pose health risks.
The agency highlighted 19 common soap ingredients, a list which included what is considered the most common, triclosan and triclocarban.
Triclosan is used in liquid antibacterial soaps, while triclocarban is used in bar soaps.
Limited research has shown that the banned chemicals can interfere with hormone levels and can cause bacterial resistance.
Manufacturers will have up to one year to remove the ingredients from their products, or can opt to take them off the market completely, the agency reports.
This ban applies only to products sold to consumers, and not to antibacterial soaps that are used in hospitals and in food service settings.
Below is a complete list of the 19 banned chemicals:
- Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)
- Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)
- Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine
- Poloxamer-iodine complex
- Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent
- Undecoylium chloride iodine complex
- Methylbenzethonium chloride
- Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
- Phenol (less than 1.5 percent) 16
- Secondary amyltricresols
- Sodium oxychlorosene
- Triple dye
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- Written by Jill Fowler