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The American Cleaning Institute and the Personal Care Products Council filed detailed comments with the Food and Drug Administration asking for changes in proposed rules governing antibacterial soaps and ingredients. The groups said the FDA’s proposal could eliminate consumer access to these products and “would increase the risk and level of exposure of the general population to bacteria, which could lead to increased infection and disease.”Read More
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.
ACI's DeLeo: loss of many healthcare antiseptic products would have serious public health implications.
- Wednesday Sep 3