Antibacterial Soap Study - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/20/05

Antibacterial Soap Study

Just as we told you, an FDA advisory committee met today to discuss anti-bacterial products and whether they should be regulated. From both sides of the controversy, here is some of what was said today.

"It's upsetting that they would be used in a healthy household where no evidence shows they would be any benefit over soap and water," says Dr. Stuart Levy at Tufts University School of Medicine.

"The evidence is crystal clear that the use of antibacterial products in everyday life does not lead to antibiotic resistance," says Brian Sansoni at the Soap and Detergent Association.

So what happens now? Probably nothing. The FDA has been reviewing this issue since 1974, and they have had this proposal to regulate anti-bacterial products on the table now for 11 years.

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