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American Society for Microbiology
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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doi: 10.1128/AAC.02105-16; PubMed Central, PMCID: PMC27736758
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a final rule to ban triclosan and 18 other antimicrobial chemicals from soaps. We applaud this rule specifically because of the associated risks that triclosan poses to the spread of antibiotic resistance throughout the environment. This persistent chemical constantly stresses bacteria to adapt, and behavior that promotes antibiotic resistance needs to be stopped immediately when the benefits are null.
McNamara, Patrick J. and Levy, Stuart B., "Triclosan: An Instructive Tale" (2016). Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research and Publications. 145.