Co-authored by Jennifer Diaz and Kristina Hernandez-Tilson, an attorney in Miami, Florida, practices in state and federal court, litigating matters of civil and administrative law.
Do you assume that when shopping for soaps or body washes, consumers will often times reach for products labeled “antibacterial” in hopes that those products will keep them and their families safer? If so, you would be right. The popularity of antibacterial products has grown tremendously since they first appeared on the market. According to a 1998 Gallop Study of Consumer Awareness and Perception of Antibacterial Products, 33% of those surveyed expressed the need for special antibacterial products to protect their homes from bacterial and viral pathogens. A similar study conducted by Gallop in 2010 revealed that an overwhelming 75% of those surveyed said they preferred to purchase products with antimicrobial protection.
Popular as antibacterial products may be, beginning September 2017, many of them may no longer be marketed as such, based on a Final Rule (78 FR 76444) issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on September 6, 2016. This Final Rule comes after several years of an FDA investigation into the effectiveness and potential hazards of antiseptic agents in personal care products. The most popular antiseptic agent in these products is triclosan, which, along with eighteen (18) other antiseptic agents under this Final Rule, is now banned when used for antibacterial purposes in hand and body washes. […]