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Triclosan is a common anti-bacterial ingredient used in products from soap to clothing. Photo credit: KIICHIRO SATO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES

Opinion by Ayush Kumar: Canada Needs to Ban Anti-bacterial Soaps

September 12, 2016 — 

(from the Winnipeg Free Press)

A recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban anti-bacterial hand and body washes is a step in the right direction. It is time for Canada to follow suit.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are considered one of the biggest threats to human health today. By 2050, infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics are expected to kill more people than cancer. Antibiotics are not only used for treating bacterial infections, but also for preventing infections during surgical procedures, treatment of cancer, etc. Antibiotic resistance threatens to reverse some of the major medical advances we have made within the last century.


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