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The FDA Bans 19 Ingredients in Antibacterial Soaps for Safety Concerns and Lack of Effectiveness

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woman using soapIf you're one of the millions of people who use antibacterial soaps and body wash products at home, you might believe that using them to wash with is keeping you and your family healthier. Unfortunately, this isn't true. In fact, many of the ingredients in your antibacterial soap may not have proof of effectiveness and could actually harm your health.

What You Should Know About the Banned Ingredients in Antibacterial Soap

In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final report banning certain ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body wash products after issuing a proposed rule in 2013. This new regulation was implemented when manufacturers were unable to produce additional data showing the effectiveness and safety of these ingredients.

Important points you want to know about this ban include:

  • The FDA issued the ban after determining data didn't support the effectiveness of antibacterial soaps for preventing the spread of germs than washing with soap and water.
  • The FDA was also concerned about the long-term health risks of using these products, which include bacterial resistance and hormonal problems.
  • Nineteen active ingredients in antibacterial hand and body washes, including commonly used triclosan and triclocarban, are banned. Triclosan is known for being an endocrine disrupter, which affects hormonal and thyroid function. It's also been linked to impaired memory and lowering autoimmune response to allergens. Triclosan and triclocarban are also connected to breast cancer and muscle weakness.
  • The new regulation covers antibacterial hand and body wash products that are used and rinsed off with water.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and antibacterial products used in hospitals and clinics are not covered under this regulation.
  • The ban goes into effect one year after the date of the ruling.
  • Since this regulation covers almost half of the products on the market, many manufacturers have already begun reformulating their products.


If you or a family member suffered injuries due to a defective product, you need an experienced attorney to prove your case. Over the years, I've helped many clients like you fight to obtain the compensation and justice they deserve. Call our firm at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free case evaluation. I'll be happy to discuss your situation and to explain your legal options.


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