As you may have heard, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently announced a ban on using the antibacterial agent triclosan (and 18 other substances) in soaps, and then last week the issue of antibacterial resistance was discussed at the UN General Assembly. In this episode of the Sustainable Nano podcast, we talk with scientist Eric Melby about different types of antibacterial chemicals and why we should care about triclosan in the environment.
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE
- Eric’s blog post: Is Triclosan Safe? What You Should Know About This Antibacterial Chemical
- NPR article by Alison Kodjak: FDA Bans 19 Chemicals Used In Antibacterial Soaps
- New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: World Leaders Agree at U.N. on Steps to Curb Rising Drug Resistance
Interviewee: Dr. Eric Melby
Producer/Host: Miriam Krause
Music: Our music is by Ketsa, from the Free Music Archive