Today, September 6 (10:00)
American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of soaps antibacterial, because they are better, more effective or safer than conventional cleaning agents.
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This prohibition applies to products with 19 active ingredients, including the two most popular: triclosan and triclocarban.
– Consumers may think that antibacterial soaps are more effective in preventing the spread of germs, but we do not have any scientific evidence that they are more effective than ordinary soap and water. Some data suggest that antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good in the long run – said Janet Woodcock, a representative of the FDA.
There is an extensive literature suggesting that triclosan does not provide any benefits when used in the real world, compared to ordinary soap. It showed no benefit either in the laboratory or in those carried out under “field”.
In laboratory tests, the researchers set 20 different types of bacterial soap containing triclosan. After 9 hours did not show any effects – neither positive nor negative. Since antibacterial soap did not work for 9 hours, it is much less work for 20 seconds – this is the recommended duration of washing hands.
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap does not remove more bacteria or prevent disease better than using regular soap. These preparations just work a little differently. While washing your hands with soap ordinary involves the mechanical removal of germs from cancer, anti-bacterial soap contains chemicals that can kill bacteria or inhibit their growth.
Triclosan was registered in 1969. And has since been added to the countless number of soaps, cosmetics and detergents. Studies have shown that regular use of triclosan may increase the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. And this in turn can harm us all.