As reported in Washington Post yesterday, the FDA is constantly monitoring the potentially harmful chemicals used by manufacturers in skin care products. Now it is going to ask for more details about the chemicals in the hand sanitizer. It notes that "emerging science" is suggesting that detection of antiseptic ingredients in the blood or urine is higher than previously thought in full body exposure.
Although these products were designed to be used when old-fashioned soap and water aren't available, many people use them multiple times a day even when a sink is nearby under the belief that they are killing more bacteria.
The Food and Drug Administration says the problem is that we still don't have enough information to know whether these products present unknown safety and efficacy concerns, and it has asked manufacturers to provide scientific data for three active ingredients: alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. The FDA's request also applies to hand wipes.
The agency's request is part of a massive inquiry of 22 chemicals that fight bacteria and that has set the $30 billion industry against some scientist groups that are concerned that the ingredients, which linger in the environment and can be absorbed by the body, may not work as advertised and may be contributing to antibiotic resistance.
In September, the FDA is expected to announce a decision on antibacterial soaps and whether they are safe and more effective than soap and water. The companies that make the products are concerned that if the FDA decides against them, they will have to relabel and reformulate the products.
As part of its business of manufacturing safe natural organic skin care products, Herbally Radiant is already marketing its organic hand wash that not only sanitizes hands, but also keep them soft and moist after washing.