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Breaking: FDA Finally Bans This Everyday Household Item!

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52191286_sIn a surprising decision, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now decided to ban the majority of antibacterial soaps and body washes that are currently on the market. These soap products contain triclosan and/or triclocarban, which are the two most common antibacterial ingredients out there. An additional 17 active ingredients were also in the ban.

According to the FDA, this decision was made because there is a growing concern that the massive amounts of antibacterial products on the market today are creating bacterial resistance over time. Additionally, it was also determined that these products don’t perform better than regular soap and water, yet they create potential dangerous health risks.

This was a huge decision, as almost 40% of the overall soap market today contains at least one of the antibacterial ingredients listed in this ban, according to Dr. Theresa Michele, director of the Division of Nonprescription Druge Products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. In fact, there are over 2,100 types of antibacterial soaps on the market right now.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 2 million people in the United States get infected each year with antibiotic resistant bacteria. Of these, an average of 23,000 people die from these infections.

Another reason the ban was ruled was that long term use of these active ingredients can affect human health in other ways as well. Triclosan, for example, is known to damage the thyroid, estrogen and testosterone systems.

Manufacturers relied on labeling to sell their products, but in reality they failed to prove that their antibacterial soaps were any more effective at killing germs than normal soap and water.

Interestingly, this ban does not include hand sanitizer gels or wipes, because the active ingredient in those is usually alcohol and the products are not used with water. It also excludes antiseptic cleaning products used in health care settings.

The main thing to remember is that we should all be diligently washing our hands thoroughly with regular soap and water several times a day, and especially after contact with people and animals. This will go a long way in keeping ourselves disease free.

 

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  1. maxx
    September 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Wow. Only ten or more years after these chemicals were banned in Europe which probably afforded the manufacturers hundreds of billions of dollars in profits. Now if we could only put Monsanto or whatever it calls itself now out of the GMO and agricultural chemical business the globe might have a chance. GMO seeds will eventually cause the destruction of human life on our planet before the other life forms.

  2. A. Jay
    September 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Whats new here, everythings bad for you. Only a matter of time until toilet paper is removed because it could cause chaffing of the a** !!

    • Bundoker
      September 7, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Like when a guy invented cellophane TP for folks who wanted to see what they were doin’ or sandpaper for those who want to rough it

      • A. Jay
        September 7, 2016 at 3:34 am

        This is really a crappy subject!!

      • Sharron Freitas
        February 18, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        1Dirty old man. Shame on you

    • Sharon Glover
      September 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

      I had the disease. Let me tell you it was not pretty. My insides felt like they were coming out of my body. The pain was 20 tomes worse than childbirth. Look up CDIF and do not take the antibiotic resistant bacteria lightly!

    • Sharron Freitas
      February 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      You forgot the Sears catalog!

      • A. Jay
        February 20, 2017 at 2:53 am

        And pine cones! lol

  3. aschark
    September 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the advice, but why don’t you tell us what products have the “bad news” in it?

    • marshmil
      September 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      READ THE INGREDIENT LABEL!!!!

  4. Linda Goodman
    September 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    A health benefit to “consumers” is an unintended consequence. It’s about burdening business to crush the economy. Population reduction will then take care of itself. Technocracy 101.

  5. Linda Goodman
    September 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    And when did “consumer” replace customer, client, patient, citizen? A slug is a consumer, head lice, maggots all consumers,.. The media’s masters may want to dehumanize us, but why adopt their language and dehumanize ourselves?

  6. imjmz
    September 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Most of the time I use dish washing liquid for hand soap, however there are times when I get my hands in things such as mold, fungi, pigeon poop and occasionally raw sewage just because I have to work in places I do not like to be, still I like the option to have a anti-bacterial hand soap that I know will kill these forms of germs and bacteria, especially if I get a small nick on a knuckle or something during the task at hand. This is just another incident of “big brother” doing what is best for “our own safety”. Thankfully I do like Purell as a hand sanitizer and so now I will have to use it more after washing up with just soap and water. I would also like to know where they came up with the idea that having super clean hands leads to bacteria resistance when in fact all you are washing is your hands and soon after you will touch your arm, or face, or other part of your body or object that has not been sterilized and hence back to square one with the germs. As far as chemicals in these soaps that leach into your system, well that is different, but what have doctors been scrubbing up with for all these years?

  7. marshmil
    September 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    All the hoopla over antibacterials yet nobody takes on the DIET drinks with that Nutrasweet ingredient. Someone railroaded that ingredient for passage in the Congress a few years ago. We would be much better off if we could get CANE SUGAR as the sweetener in products. Diabetics should be drinking WATER. Actually we would all be better off drinking water in reasonable amounts.

  8. Alexander Horvat
    September 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    There are apparently a batch of other products that contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Perhaps the author of this article could list those too. The combination of all of these products, plus Fluoride, GMO products and Aspertame is not doing our kids or anyone else any good. Wake up America, your health is being sold to those who want to manage your lifespan, can’t have you living too long you know.

  9. atlcdn
    May 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    This is old news. We have known about the dangers of anti-bacterial soap for many years. Kind of makes me smile a bit when “they” make a new discovery like this…many things now show up now as dangerous to our health that have been known for decades.

  10. Knowledge Transfer
    May 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Why not ban penises from vaginas?

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