New website launched to educate on antibacterial soaps

By: April 29th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Two trade groups, the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) and the Personal Care Products Council, have created a website FightGermsNow.com to provide consumers, researchers, and regulators with information about antibacterial soaps.

The site offers factsheets on different soaps and how the products are regulated, according to a press release. The groups say that FightGermsNow.com also offers research and data on the safe and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps.

One tab on the website offers data compiled from surveys the groups have conducted about:

  • Handwashing behaviors
  • Safety of cleaning products
  • Cleaning wipes

Visit the website for more information on antibacterial soaps, survey information, and factsheets.

Comments

By Mary Ellen Nusbaum on April 29th, 2011 at 11:36 am

I do not think that we should be promoting websites (FightGermsNow.com) set up for the purpose of promoting consumer products. The site is a PR tool for American Cleaning Institute® (ACI, formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) and the Personal Care Products Council, whose member companies produce or supply antibacterial soaps, washes, and ingredients. Will their “research” be biased? Dare I say “You betcha”?

I agree with Mary Ellen Nusbaum. The site tries to make any criticism of antibacterials as “big government” and a plot by the “liberal left”. These kinds of statements have no place in scientific inquiry. To politicize this topic is ridiculous and turns me off about any of their materials as being strictly propaganda.

I expected better from HCPro than a blatant propaganda piece by the soap industry. My 12 year old could see right through this- do you really expect that your readers won’t? Running this as serious science undermines my trust in anything this site puts forth as scientifically valid.

 

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