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  • Q: I understand these products have been around for years but the FDA says there’s no proof that they’re any better than plain soap and water. Is that true?

    A: FDA’s statement is based on the available data for evidence of clinical benefit of antibacterial washes that was last reviewed by FDA and the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee in October 2005. It does not reflect the more recent antibacterial handwash product benefits data that was submitted to the agency after its 2005 review, which includes the results of a new study published in the prestigious, peer reviewed Journal of Food Protection ( Schaffner et al, "Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Antibacterial Hand Hygiene Products on Risk of Shigellosis," Vol. 77, No. 4, 2014, pp. 574-582). This study shows that the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria – that often leads to foodborne illness – more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps.

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The industry strives to go beyond the regulatory standards for antibacterial products to ensure consumers are using safe products. Over the years, as shown below, cutting edge science has proven, and continues to prove, the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial products and ingredients.

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Antibacterial products have been assessed and approved as safe and effective by regulatory bodies around the world. Product safety is the top priority of the personal care products industry. Companies continuously work to maintain the highest safety standards for all antibacterial products.

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