After years of study, FDA says it has no evidence anti-bacterial soaps curb spread of bacteria

  • Article by: MATTHEW PERRONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 9:37 AM

WASHINGTON — After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

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peoplewatchrDec. 16, 1310:23 AM

Why would the FDA try to hide the issues with this product?

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circleoflifeDec. 16, 1310:40 AM

Wonderful..............a billion years too late

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trev_russellDec. 16, 1310:54 AM

Triclosan gets even worse once it goes down the sink drain. Triclosan breaks down into dioxins as it moves through the waste water treatment system and into rivers and lakes. Nifty. Environmental contamination isn't under the FDA's jurisdiction, so they won't consider it in their decision. But its getting pretty hard to argue against a statewide phase-out of this chemical ASAP. I hope our legislators are paying attention.

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utopiaDec. 16, 1311:14 AM

40 YEARS! They have been evaluating the safety of this product MY ENTIRE LIFETIME! If I could get more angry and use something other than CAPSs I would. Government used to be there to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic. It seems that hasn't been the case for a very very long time.

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peoplewatchrDec. 16, 1311:22 AM

This shouldn't surprise anyone. Remember in the 80s when eggs were BAD and don't eat eggs and then in the 90s they said eggs were good and you should eat eggs!

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celtman1Dec. 16, 1312:48 PM

It's like I've said for decades: Something is bad/good for you? Wait a couple of years and it'll change or manufacturers will make it look so. Case in point...remember Kellog's Sugar Corn Pops? Then sugar became evil. Then Kellog re-named it Corn Pops. Didn't change the ingredients one iota, just changed the name.

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beaver88Dec. 16, 13 1:46 PM

When was the last time, over time, a chemical was found to be beneficial? There may be some chemicals that benefit science and research but certainly not our food supply.

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sooofedupDec. 16, 13 3:05 PM

But the anti-bacterial calculators, staplers, and every other hard plastic item marketed as "anti-bacterial" still work, don't they?

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nicesiglegDec. 16, 13 6:44 PM

We need more and bigger government. We need a study group to determine that the FDA is worthless. If I live to be 107, I'll know the truth!

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william16Dec. 17, 13 6:57 AM

Now we need another 40-year study to determine if the FDA's original 40-year study of soap was actually a gold-plated boondoggle designed to employ as many FDA employees as possible over a four-decade period.

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