[excerpts from FDA press release]
FDA Taking Closer Look at ‘Antibacterial’ Soap
When you’re buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled “antibacterial”? Are you thinking that these products, in addition to keeping you clean, will reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others?
Not necessarily, according to experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA.
– this seems reasonably defensible, although whether the FDA and the federal gov’t should be getting involved to this extent is another issue. But their claim, that these “antibacterial” additives don’t do any good so therefore shouldn’t be marketed in that manner, and that there’s a (very theoretical) downside to their mass usage, has some validity.
– on the other hand, when I was growing up… I was taking bubble baths with PhisoHex. And look at me now. Err, maybe not…