The US has banned antibacterial handwashes – here’s why Australia should too

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week ruled to disallow the use of the more than a dozen antibacterial compounds in so-called “antibacterial” handwashes. Australia’s regulator is now assessing whether it will follow suit.* Triclosan is one of the most common antibacterial ingredients in domestic and medical handwash products, toothpastes and cosmetics. ...

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