FDA Washes the Dirt from Antibacterial Soaps

It’s official; store shelves will be scrubbed clean of antibacterial hand and body soaps that contain certain ingredients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued a final ruling that bans soaps that contain one, or a combination of, 19 specific ingredients — triclosan and triclocarbon are common — because there’s no scientific evidence that they prevent the spread of germs. In fact, these soaps might do more harm than good.

In 2013, the FDA required manufacturers of thes

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