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Friday, September 02, 2016

FDA toughens stand on antibacterial soap labelling (thyroid/environment...)


 'Antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long term,' says FDA medical doctor
 There is no scientific evidence that antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs than plain soap and water.

The FDA issued what is called its final rule on safety and effectiveness of the soaps, saying it applies to products containing one or more of 19 specific active ingredients, including the most commonly used ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban.
The two chemicals are similar in structure and function. The FDA says 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....

....In 2012, a Canadian government study found that triclosan in waste water can interfere with the growth and reproduction of plants and animals in lakes and streams.
The finding led to Health Canada and Environment Canada to propose that industry voluntarily cut the amount of triclosan it uses, particularly in personal-care products that tend to get rinsed away into lakes and rivers....


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