FDA bans marketing of 19 household antibacterial ingredients

FDA bans 19 artificial antimicrobial ingredients

Well, it finally happened.

The FDA has recently banned the marketing of 19 antibacterial ingredients, including triclosan, which is found in virtually all household antibacterial hand/body washes.

From the FDA press release:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed ... data suggested that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects."

Barrier® Body Wash is not affected by this ruling. Barrier's antimicrobial properties come from its high concentration of organic tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils - we use none of the antibacterial ingredients that the FDA has ruled against!

We're going back to nature. Tea tree oil has been shown by numerous studies to be an effective antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compound, and it is one of Barrier Body Wash's key active ingredients.

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Learn more about the science of the Barrier® formulation.


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