Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,â€ said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDAâ€™s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. â€œIn fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm thanÂ good over the long-term.â€
TheÂ Food and Drug Administration ruledÂ on Friday that it is banning the use of 19 active ingredients found in antibacterial soaps and washes. The most commonÂ of these are triclosan, typically used in liquid antibacterial soaps, and triclocarban, used in bar soaps.
Manufacturers will have one year to remove the ingredients from their products, or be forced to take them off the market. Â To read more click here: Â http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm517478.htm