FDA Bans 19 Harmful Chemicals in Antibacterial Soaps

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The FDA has announced a new ban on 19 harmful chemicals commonly used in consumer antibacterial soaps. Check for these 19 harmful chemicals (linked with hormone disruptions, muscle weakness, etc.) on the ingredient labels of your hand and body washes (as well as other personal care products) and read the full article on npr.org:

  • Cloflucarban
  • Fluorosalan
  • Hexachlorophene
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate)
  • Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol)
  • Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine
  • Poloxamer-iodine complex
  • Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent
  • Undecoylium chloride iodine complex
  • Methylbenzethonium chloride
  • Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent)
  • Phenol (less than 1.5 percent) 16
  • Secondary amyltricresols
  • Sodium oxychlorosene
  • Tribromsalan
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan
  • Triple dye

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