The rise of so-called superbugs like MRSA (Methicillan-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has made us super vigilant against germs. And marketers have picked up on that. Up to 75% of hand soap now sold is antibacterial. But is that really necessary? The Food and Drug Administration says no. So when I mistakenly bought anti-bacterial Q-tips (really?) I lost patience. After researching the “qt” on the antibacterial craze, I wrote a piece for Blue Ridge Press about it. You can read it in these newspapers:
Are Antibacterial Soaps Anti-life? The Observer Shepherdstown WV, April 2012.
I’m also told it has run in the Ames Tribune (Iowa), Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Monroe Watchman (in Union WV), the Katy News (TX) and the Yonkers Journal (NY) but I haven’t been able to confirm those.
Since writing this, I’ve learned that Health Canada has identified triclosan, the pesticide used in antibacterial soaps, as harmful to the environment (as reported by the Edmonton Journal) and the state of Minnesota has issued guidance about its levels in water as a contaminant of emerging concern (as reported by Minnesota Public Radio). (Updated March 29, 2012)