The Dirt on Soap

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from TIME Magazine,

Antibacterial scrubs may do more harm than good. A new study pours cold water on the sudsy $450 million soap market

A growing number of studies suggest that antimicrobial chemicals like triclosan–used in soaps from Henkel (maker of Dial), Procter & Gamble (maker of Safeguard) and other companies–may cause harms like hormone disruption. Citing that research, the FDA is requiring manufacturers to justify the potential risks by verifying that their products are more effective than ordinary soap and water at lowering the risk of infections like the kind that cause stomach ailments.

Companies have a year to provide the requested data, which the industry says is available.

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