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Why are antibacterial or antimicrobial soaps used?

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An antibacterial soap kills a broad category of microbes including bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and protozoa. An antibacterial soap is a more specific term and will kill multiple types and strains of bacteria and also yeast. Soaps that are labeled as anti-microbial/antibacterial are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. They must list all active ingredients.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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