Latex glove makers react calmly to proposed FDA ban

Washington — Latex glove manufacturers reacted calmly to the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule banning most powdered medical gloves for sale or distribution in the United States.

Major manufacturers already are moving quickly away from powdered gloves and actively promoting powder-free gloves as a way of preventing asthma, latex allergies and other severe complications of exposure to powder, according to spokespersons for Ansell Ltd., Top Glove Corp. Bhd. and Showa Best Gloves Inc.

“Ansell recommends those involved in health and safety policy decisions to convert their…

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