Tuesday, June 9, 2009

antimicrobial products - contaminated?

One of the semi-related professional newsletters I receive is CosmeticsDesign. Today's issue headlined the following:

FDA finds high levels of bacteria in antimicrobial skin care products

FDA has found high levels of disease-causing bacteria in Clarcon antimicrobial products during a recent inspection, leading to the recall of several skin sanitizers and skin protectants.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said analysis of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions.
The regulator said the findings are “particularly concerning” because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases.
The inspection also uncovered serious deviations from FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements.

I find that fascinating! For years I've been saying that soaps w/ added antibacterial chemicals are bad for us, and bad for the environment. But this is a new twist. How can an antibacterial product contain "high levels of bacteria"????

Liquid Castile Soap, with antibacterial essential oils like Lavender and Teatree, and antiviral oils like Ravintsara will do very nicely for me and mine, thank you!

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