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Antibacterial Soaps Cause Concern

Patrick Boshell
October 04, 2012
Antibacterial Soaps Cause Concern

Professional use liquid antibacterial hand washing soaps have been available for over 50 years. Their use has increased in response to public concerns over the spread of infectious diseases and the need for greater vigilance in hygienically sensitive environments, such as the food industry where raw and uncooked foods are being handled and processed.


This has led to greater emphasis on germ-kill performance and the introduction of stronger antimicrobial agents. With this change, more has been learned about the impact that these antimicrobial agents, when used in antibacterial soaps, have on hand hygiene, human health and the environment.


The concerns about all existing antibacterial agents used in hand wash products can be summarized as follows:


  • Environmental toxicity – all existing antimicrobial agents used in hand wash products are characterized by having residual environmental toxicity that can be harmful to the environment and aquatic life.
  • Human toxicity – many antimicrobial agents are known irritants and sensitizers; their frequent use can lead to skin irritation, allergic reactions and sub-optimal hand hygiene compliance.
  • Antimicrobial resistance – the mode of activity, residual toxicity and wide use of some antimicrobial agents has led to concerns of micro-organisms building-up resistance against them.

After more than 8-years of R&D, Deb recently released OxyBAC, a new rich-cream foam antibacterial hand wash that combines Deb Foam Technology™ with Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® antimicrobial agent. Available now in Europe, OxyBAC is extremely effective at killing a broad spectrum of bacteria, fungi and many viruses that can be spread by hands and cause common illness. Additionally, it offers excellent physical cleaning properties to remove both visible food contamination and invisible micro-organisms. Non-toxic and non-irritating to skin; it does not induce microbial resistance. Finally, unlike all other antimicrobial actives, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) does not leave any toxic residual environmental contamination after use as it simply breaks down into oxygen and water.


Find out more and be sure to register for a product trial. Offer valid only in Europe.

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