"This ban is about protecting patients and health care professionals from a danger they might not even be aware of," Director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health Jeffrey Shuren, M.D. said. "We take bans very seriously and only take this action when we feel it's necessary to protect the public health."
The powder on the nitrile, latex and vinyl medical examination gloves is supposed to make them easier to put on and take them off, but they pose many health risks. Aerosolized glove powder on the natural rubber latex gloves "can carry proteins that may cause respiratory allergic reactions." Many side effects can occur because of the powdered gloves:
• Severe airway inflammation
• Wound inflammation
• Post-surgical adhesions ("Bands of fibrous scar tissue that form between internal organs and tissues." –FDA)
The gloves are officially banned from the medical field; however they can still be used in food service and other industries.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration.