Feds ban over a dozen antibacterial soap chemicals - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Feds ban over a dozen antibacterial soap chemicals

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The federal government has banned over a dozen chemicals used in antibacterial soaps.

The Food and Drug Administration says manufacturers can't prove that they're safe and prevent the spread of germs.

The decision largely targets two ingredients that researchers say can interfere with hormone levels.

An industry spokesman says most companies have already reformulated their products.

Manufacturers were told in 2013 that they had to prove their products were safe and effective. The banned chemicals didn't meet federal standards.

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