FILE - This Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, shows Dawn Ultra antibacterial soap in a kitchen in Chicago.  The Food and Drug Administration says Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Kiichiro Sato

FILE - This Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, shows Dawn Ultra antibacterial soap in a kitchen in Chicago. The Food and Drug Administration says Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, there is no evidence that antibacterial chemicals used in liquid soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and there is some evidence they may pose health risks. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

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