FDA proposes an end to powdered latex gloves


Most powdered gloves would be banned in the U.S. under an FDA proposal announced Monday.

“While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare providers, patients, and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.”

The FDA explained that the powder on latex gloves (but not synthetic gloves) can become aerosolized and carry allergenic proteins. These contribute to airway allergic reactions, surgical adhesions, and wound inflammation.

Such a ban would not create a shortage and the economic impact would be insignificant, the FDA determined after reviewing the scientific literature and analyzing comments on a 2011 notice indicating the agency’s concerns.

The ban would not apply to powdered radiographic protection gloves, and unpowdered gloves of all kinds would remain unaffected.

Wow. Such dynamism. Only took the FDA 5 years to do this, eh?

3 thoughts on “FDA proposes an end to powdered latex gloves

  1. Lucrezia says:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it was taking steps to cut inorganic arsenic levels in infant rice cereal, a primary source of arsenic exposure in infants. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fda-arsenic-idUSKCN0WY598 Influential consumer products magazine Consumer Reports urged the United States in 2012 to set limits for arsenic in rice after tests on more than 60 popular products showed that most contained inorganic arsenic.
    Consumer Reports said on Friday it welcomed the proposed limit, but remained “concerned that so many other rice-based products consumed by children and adults remain without any standards at all.”
    The magazine will continue to push the FDA to set levels for these products, especially ready-to-eat cereal for children, it said.
    Arsenic exists in two forms, naturally occurring organic and inorganic, which is often used in feed for poultry and occasionally hogs to prevent disease.
    Waste from those animals can contaminate fields and waterways when it is used as fertilizer. As a result, arsenic can be found in rice, fruit, vegetables and seafood – all of which are considered healthy.

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