The FDA is proposing tighter rules on anti-bacterial liquid soaps. The agency found there is no evidence the germ-killing hand soaps and body washes are more effective than regular soap and water in preventing illness or infection.

The FDA also said long term use of a chemical in the liquid soaps could interfere with hormone levels.

The agency says it wants makers of anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use.

More effective than regular soaps in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.
The American cleaning institute and personal care products council released a statement saying their products go through rigorous FDA reviews. They also said:

“We are perplexed that the agency would suggest there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are beneficial as industry has long provided data and information about the safety and efficacy of these products.”

The FDA says companies have a year to comply or will be made to reformulate or re-label their products.