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Buyer beware: Antimicrobial products can do more harm than good

20:00 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(Green Science Policy Institute) Are you buying antimicrobial or antibacterial soaps? According to over 200 scientists and medical professionals, you may want to save your money. A consensus statement published today in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives concludes that common antimicrobial products do not provide health benefits and cause health and environmental harm. The statement also calls for greater caution in using antimicrobial chemicals in everyday products.

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