Is Antibacterial Soap Doing More Harm Than Good?

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Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) –- American Cleaning Institute’s Brian Sansoni and Bloomberg’s Meg Tirrell discuss the antibacterial soap debate centering around the ingredient triclosan. They speak with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

What is going on?

There is a history of research into the use of antibacterial, specifically one ingredient called triclosan.

That is right.

It actually was introduced as a surgical scrub the monopoly got to be used by everyday consumers.

Over the years, it has been in traduced into more and more -- introduced into more and more consumer products.

Now the fda is saying, is this estate as we initially thought it was gekko and is it as effective as we -- we initially thought it was?

And isn't as effective as we thought?

An investigation prompted the us -- the fda to prompt the consumer products safety company to take a closer look.

Freckle fan is used in such soaps as -- freckle fan -- triclosan is used in soaps and also mouthwash and others.

What is your stance on aid?

The products that we focus on focus on the antibacterial washes.

They have been used effectively and safely in health-care settings for four decades or more.

It has been in the consumer space in the past decade and a half, millions of consumers using these products safely and effectively everyday.

These products are already regulated by the fda.

What our industry will do is provide the agency updated research and data that shows that antibacterial soaps are safe and effective.

Endocrinologists have been studying this, because it has to do with hormones and changes in the in technology of an individual.

Have there -- has there been any non-us research that points to whether trackless and -- triclosan is good or bad for you?

There have been many studies around the product saying that it might affect the thyroid gland, particularly in the development of kids.

And it can affect harmonic function concerning fertility and purity.

-- puberty.

The worry is over use of antibacterial might lead to bacteria getting resistant to drugs.

And that is a huge growing public health issue right now.

When do you expect them to reach some kind of decision on this, brian?

The timeline is over the next two years.

There will be a lot of comment, a lot of data.

The research shows that the use everyday of these products is

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