Risk of antibiotic resistance and environmental impact should be among the considerations for ingredients added to over-the-counter and household products

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, must also be addressed.

The commentary is in the December 2016 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, published by the American Society for Microbiology.

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