What's In The Wash? FDA Rules On Antibacterial Soaps

Law360, New York (January 24, 2014, 7:00 PM EST) -- Makers of consumer antibacterial hand and body washes have promoted their products as a safe and effective alternative to ordinary soap and water for years. Without question this market has grown significantly as consumers seek new ways to protect the health of their families and themselves. But this growth has not come without controversy.

Consumer groups, armed with studies suggesting that these products may not be as safe and effective as advertised, have pushed to place restrictions on the use of certain chemical agents found in consumer antibacterial washes. Much of this focus has been on triclosan and triclocarban, two of...

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