99.9% – an update on antibacterial hygiene products

Around 2½ years ago, I summarised the health, environmental and efficacy concerns being expressed about antibacterial hand and body washes and soaps. The post was called 99.9%, because most manufacturers make the sweeping claim that their products are this effective (and by inference safe). At the time, the FDA had given manufacturers until 2016 to substantiate the claim and, more important, to demonstrate that their products were safe for individuals and the environment. The FDA has considered the evidence and now made their final ruling: These products are now banned. Manufacturers have a year to comply. Click the image for the original post and an added link to the ruling.