The FDA has issued a final ruling and has established that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed.
There are a number of reasons but one immediate reason is the toxic chemicals Triclosan and triclocarban that are in the products.. These two chemicals are used in products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. They are added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and even cosmetics.
Here is the problem:
Some short-term animal studies have shown that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones. Anyone with a thyroid diagnosis getting exposed to Triclosan?
I know people are afraid of germs. and of getting sick but as this FDA announcement points out —there is NO EVIDENCE that anti=microbials added to soap decrease infections compared to regular soap and water.
The final FDA rule is that companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because the FDA cannot demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.
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