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FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps, cites no evidence of safety

FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps, cites no evidence of safety

The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.

"We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration' drug center director, in a statement.

Friday's decision primarily targets two once-ubiquitous ingredients — triclosan and triclocarban — that some limited animal research suggests can interfere with hormone levels and spur drug-resistant bacteria.

The chemicals have long been under scrutiny, and a cleaning industry spokesman said most companies...

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