Antibacterial soap ban - Will is increase foodborne illness?

Asked June 19, 2014, 11:16 AM EDT

I just read about the FDA rule about antibacterial soaps. I would think is a good thing, but I just read some comments from the industry that say otherwise. What do you say?


1 Response

Good Afternoon,
The FDA states that antibacterial soaps (sometimes called antimicrobial or antiseptic soaps) contain certain chemical ingredients that plain soaps do not. These ingredients are added to many consumer products in an effort to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination.
A large number of liquid soaps labeled "antibacterial" contain triclosan, an ingredient of concern to many environmental and industry groups. animal studies have shown that triclosan may alter the way hormones work in the body. While data showing effects in animals don't always predict effects in humans, these studies are of concern to FDA as well, and warrant further investigation to better understand how they might affect humans.
In addition, laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Such resistance can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments. Moreover, recent data suggest that exposure to these active ingredients is higher than previously thought, raising concerns about the potential risks associated with their use regularly over time.
The most important aspect to follow to reduce foodborne illness is to wash your hands.
The USDA recommends that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap in warm water for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub under your fingernails, between your fingers, and on the backs of your hands. The use of regular soap is effective in reducing pathogens and bacteria if done correctly and often. Wash hands after going to the bathroom, smoking, changing diapers, taking out trash, etc.