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Antimicrobial Soap: Friend Or Foe?


If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to use more antimicrobial soap, your plans might be all washed up.
According to the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 16 that it is giving soap manufacturers one year to demonstrate that their antibacterial chemicals (a) are more effective than ordinary soap and water and (b) do more good than harm. Soaps that fail must be reformulated, relabeled, removed from the market or dipped in lead paint and used in a cultural exchange with China.
For one thing, regulators think consumers have been lulled into ...

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