The US has banned antibacterial handwashes – here’s why Australia should too

Women washing hands in white sink good suds – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cleaning_hands.jpg The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week ruled to disallow the use of the more than a dozen antibacterial compounds in so-called “antibacterial” handwashes. Australia’s regulator is now assessing whether it will follow suit.* Triclosan is one of the most common antibacterial ingredients in domestic and medical handwash products, toothpastes and cosmetics. It is also used as a pesticide in many plastic consumer goods such as toys, and textiles such as carpets. The FDA ruling applies only to consumer antibacterial handwashes and soaps designed and marketed for…
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