Scientists in England have uncovered a possible link between a common antibacterial ingredient and antibiotic resistance. The ingredient, called triclosan, has been on the radar of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for some time. Indeed, in 2016, the FDA banned the ingredient in soaps available to consumers because of both safety concerns and a lack of evidence that soaps with triclosan worked any better than regular soap and water. But the ingredient can still be found in other products, including antibacterial soaps that are used in health care settings such as hospitals, according to the FDA. In addition, triclosan has been added to products such as toys, furniture and clothing to prevent bacterial contamination, the FDA says.
I only use old fashioned soap with nothing added. I think we can use too many antibacterials, as they say.
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