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Should NZ ban triclosan in antibacterial soaps? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2016.

Following the United States FDA banning some antibacterial products, like handsoaps, because they contain an environmentally-damaging ingredient – the debate has reignited about whether New Zealand should follow suit. Triclosan – a product in many types of antibacterial soaps, children’s toys and toothpaste – has been found to have detrimental effects in the environment, where […]

Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

FDA crackdown on antibacterial soaps – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2013.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on soap manufacturers to come clean about how effective antibacterial hands washes really are. The government watchdog this week issued a statement saying they expected manufacturers to prove that soaps labelled ‘antibacterial’ provide clear health benefits to balance any potential risks. The FDA said there currently […]

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