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FDA Reviews Antibacterial Products

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They're two common chemicals used in antibacterial soaps and household cleaners to kill germs. Now a new study is adding to growing concerns over triclosan and triclocarban.

"These chemicals have had adverse impacts on growth and development in animal studies and there is suggestion they may have similar impacts on humans," says Dr. Laura Geer of SUNY Downstate School of Public Health.

Researchers at SUNY Downstate detected the chemicals in expectant moms and in umbilical cord blood samples.

Researchers also believe these chemicals can lead to resistance to antibiotics.

Antibacterial products are very popular these days. They can be found in more than 2,000 everyday items including dishwasher liquid.

That makes it hard for pregnant women to avoid them, but Dr. Geer says that's what they should do.

"You don't need to use antibacterial soap. Just wash your hands with regular soap. It's the time that you wash your hands that is most important."

This expecting mother doesn't use antibacterial soap.

"If it's unnecessary I don't want to do more than what's necessary."

The FDA is reviewing the use of these chemicals and some companies have announced they are taking them out of some products.

The research was presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting.

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