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FDA Cracks Down on Antibacterial Soaps

Manufacturers of the soaps are being asked to show that benefits outweigh potential health risks.
3:00 | 12/17/13

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Now, new safety concerns about anti-bacterial soap, used by so many of us. The fda is asking companies to clearly show that benefits of these soaps outweighs any health risk. And dr. Richard besser is here to tell us about it. This is big. For the first time, the fda is taking a move against the companies that make anti-bacterial soaps. And the reason for that is there's concern about safety, as well as whether they work. The companies say they've been able to show they killed germs. The fda wants to show that they keep us healthier. And the reason for that is there is concern that some of the chemicals in these products can promote resistant infection and act like hormones in our body. Do the opposite of what we're hoping for. Do we use them? I've never been a fan of anti-bacterial soap. Regular soap and water is going to keep you very safe. These soaps don't kill viruses. I reached out to the companies. They say, we're confused about this. We've been presenting data to fda for years. And we think consumers should have them. This does not involve hand sanitizers or wipes. It's a good backup. Alcohol sanitizers are a great way to go. Thank you. We have a warning for all of

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