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Antibacterial chemicals found in soaps could pose health risks

Published on 17/12/2013

There is no evidence to suggest any health benefits from antibacterial chemicals found in soaps and could pose health risks, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Washing your hands helps prevent bacteria spread

The agency says it reopened their inquiry into the safety of chemicals such as triclosan as recent studies have suggested that they may have a negative impact on our health. Research has shown that such chemicals can interfere with the body’s hormones and encourage the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria.

Scientists have already claimed that antibacterial soaps are ineffective at best and a threat to public health at worst. The agency could move to make changes that require manufacturers to provide proven health benefits from their soaps. The move in America could prompt UK regulators to introduce something similar in Great Britain.

If introduced, manufacturers may have to reformulate and rebrand their products in line with the new reforms. Some products may also have to be removed from the market.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on Monday outlining their concerns and worries about their impact on consumers.

Colleen Rogers, a microbiologist at the FDA, said: “New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits.”

The statement believes that some of the chemicals may have “unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern”.

The FDA says that previous research of the chemicals in animal trials shows they may alter hormones, but no clinical tests have been done so far.

Health insurance can allow you to be treated in a private hospital or room where the risk of infection such as MRSA may be much lower than public wards in the NHS.

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