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  • Q: Scientists say using antibacterial soaps containing triclosan could increase resistance of germs to drugs. If there’s no benefit, why should I take the risk?

    A: The use of antibacterial soaps does not lead to antibiotic cross-resistance in bacteria. For example, in over 40 years of real world use, there are no known cases or any evidence that triclosan causes resistance in bacteria. Triclosan is an antimicrobial agent that slows or stops the growth of bacteria on surfaces and skin. Triclosan is NOT an antibiotic. It does not treat systemic (inside the body) bacterial infections, which is what antibiotics do. It has been widely recognized throughout the medical community that bacterial resistance is the result of misuse and over-prescription of antibiotic drugs, not the use of triclosan-containing or other 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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