Antibacterial soaps must be proven safe for use: US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - In response to concerns that widespread use of antibacterial soaps may be fueling a rise in superbugs, manufacturers will soon have to meet stricter requirements showing long-term safety, US regulators said on Monday.
Antibacterial soap-makers would also have to show that their products are more effective than plain soap at preventing illness and the spread of infections, said the proposed rule by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The products typically contain the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, "which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven", the FDA said in a statement.
Some studies have shown these soaps may affect thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone function in lab animals, and that they may be boosting people's resistance to common antibiotics.