Antibacterial Consumer Products: How Reliable Are They?
Media is abuzz with advertisements of multitude of antibacterialproducts ranging from toothpastes, toilet soaps, andhandwashes to disinfectants and cosmetics. While, almostevery manufacturer claims that their product has 100% efficiencyin eliminating microbes, the truth really is questionable.On 2 September 2016, the Food and Drug Administrationof USA, banned 19 compounds used in antibacterialproducts. These ingredients, as per FDA experts, are not effectiveas antibacterials as they are claimed to be, and fewof them even have adverse effects on humans. India is thelargest consumer of such antibacterial products, but is yet totake any regulatory measures against these products. Thisarticle focus on the need of creating large scale public awarenessabout these products.