FDA Requires Soap Makers To Prove Products Are Safe, Effective

WASHINGTON (AP) — Makers of antibacterial soaps may soon have to reformulate their products or change the labels to stay on store shelves.

The FDA proposed a new rule Monday that would require companies to prove their products are both safe and more effective than regular soap and water, when preventing illness and the spread of infection.

Hand sanitizers, wipes and antibacterial products used in health care settings are not impacted by the proposed rule.