Hand Sanitizer Safety Under Review By FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed rules governing hand sanitizer products and their ingredients. Specifically, the push is to require makers of antibacterial hand-sanitizing products to submit data on safety and effectiveness, if they want to stay on the market.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the federal agency had previously issued such rules on antibacterial soaps used with water and on sanitizers used in hospitals. But this time, the FDA is focusing on gels, rubs, towelettes and other such over-the-counter products used to kill bacteria when soap and water aren’t available.
The FDA has opened the rule up for industry comment for 180 days. Also, sanitizer manufacturers have a year to submit evidence that their products are safe when absorbed into the bloodstream, and that they actually do reduce the bacterial count. Of particular interest is evidence concerning the safety of long-term, repeated exposure, especially in pregnant women and children.
My Dad is a big supporter of our hand sanitizer (non alcohol) and always thought that the alcohol based products have a unfair advantage because of their FDA status. If they were not FDA regulated the products would have to ship as flammable and other restrictive regulations that should apply.
Ok know it is funny but just imagine the potential work force we would have if kids could do cleaning?
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