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FDA Wants Proof Anti-Bacterial Soap Safe For Long Term Use

Says the soaps could cause bacterial resistance and have hormonal effects

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The Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that it was requiring manufacturers of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term use or reformulate them.

The agency said that some data suggested that long-term use of certain ingredients in the soap that give it the antimicrobial qualities — triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Some soaps labeled "deodorant" may also contain these ingredients.