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Half of Liquid Soaps Face Limits as U.S. Probes Anti-Germ Claims

Antibacterial hand washes would have to be proven safe and more healthy than plain soap to remain on store shelves under a U.S. proposal that could affect about half of the $900 million in liquid soaps sold each year.

Antibacterial soaps have gained “widespread consumer use” despite a lack of data showing added health benefits, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. The common ingredient, triclosan or triclocarban, also may be linked to hormone imbalances and antibiotic resistance, the FDA said, addressing 40 years of debate on overuse of the germ-killing chemicals.