Antibacterial soaps could pose health risks, FDA warns

“An estimated 75% of the anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the United States contain triclosan, a germ-killing ingredient. The only problem is, the Food and Drug Administration has no idea whether it actually works — and there’s some evidence it may pose health risks. To find out, the FDA today issued a proposed rule requiring manufacturers to prove that their antibacterial cleaners are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. If companies can’t show that their products are safe and effective, the soaps would have to be reformulated or relabeled to remain on the market. “We want companies to actually test these products so that consumers that purchase them have a sense whether there really is any benefit at all over plain soap and water,” said Sandra Kweder, deputy director of the office of new drugs at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.”