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The Norovirus Woman explains hand sanitizers and bacteria

Opinion

TAMPA, FL — Hand sanitizers have surrounded me from elementary school field trips to competitive sporting tournaments in high school and college. Running water wasn’t always available before snack time, or for handling mouth guards between games. There are many questions I had about antimicrobial hand sanitizers, but had no clue where to start. Scanning the presentation schedule for the annual conference of the International Association… Continue Reading

Your life is in your hands: Global Handwashing Day is Oct. 15

Contributed

Editor’s note: In recognition of Global Handwashing Day today, we have compiled information from the CDC about why it is so important to promote this simple activity.  Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you and those around you can stay healthy. Proper hand washing at… Continue Reading

FDA’s final rule on antibacterial soaps bans 19 ingredients

Nineteen ingredients commonly used in antibacterial soaps and washes, including two suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm, are being phased out with the publication of a new federal rule. In announcing the rule, the Food and Drug Administration reassured consumers that there are still effective measures to prevent the spread of germs, including… Continue Reading

Food protection group agrees norovirus needs more attention

Opinion

Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID — On… Continue Reading

CFP’s sidebars drive food safety in ‘No Action’ atmosphere

Opinion

Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID —… Continue Reading

FDA Cracks Down on Hand Sanitizer Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday that some hand sanitizers and antiseptic products come with claims that they can prevent infection from E. coli, Salmonella, the H1N1 flu virus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Don’t believe them. The statements are unproven and illegal, the FDA said in a news release. FDA said it… Continue Reading

Wash Hands to Avoid Petting Farm Infections

With the National Western Stock Show opening in Denver on Saturday, and the start-up of county fair season just ahead in Florida, planners of similar events featuring animals and children might look across the pond for some safety pointers. The United Kingdom’s Heath Protection Agency (HPA) has recently analyzed 55 outbreaks of gastrointestinal diseases linked… Continue Reading

Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers Gain Market Share

The combination of a continuous stream of academic and research studies pointing to the “downside” of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, coupled with heightened awareness on equally-effective, yet safer, environmentally friendlier, and arguably, more cost-efficient hand sanitizer products has resulted in a major shift away from flammable, alcohol-based products, and towards alcohol-free products. A Nielson Co. report… Continue Reading