FDA: Antibacterial soap may not prevent spread of germs

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The Federal Drug Administration is raising concerns about antibacterial soaps and body washes. Under a proposed rule, companies may soon be forced to prove their products are more effective than regular soap and water.

The FDA says manufacturers also need to prove antibacterial soaps are safe and effective. If they can't, companies would be required to reformulate their products or change their labels for them to stay on store shelves.

According to the FDA, some data reveals there may be health risks associated with long-term exposure including bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.

Hand sanitizers, wipes and antibacterial products used in health care settings are not affected by the proposed change.

For more info on the FDA's proposed changes, click here.