Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen demands that latex gloves should be banned as some patients and workers are allergic to the material. The group has handed in a petition to the Food and Drug Administration.
"Direct contact with latex products can cause skin reactions and, in some patients, anaphylaxis," a representative for Public Citizen explained.
In 1998, the group made a first effort to have rubber gloves banned. Meanwhile, many manufacturers have found ways to produce latex-free gloves for low cost.