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By Matthew Perrone The Associated Press

FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps; no proof they work

WASHINGTON — The federal government Friday banned more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps, saying manufacturers failed to show they are safe and kill germs.

“We have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the Food and Drug Administration’ drug centre director, in a statement.