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Department of Clinical Microbiology: Biocide developments in Sweden

Swedish minister of environment Lena Ek now requests in a letter directed to all County councils in Sweden that they shall review their usage of biocides including nano silver, triclocarban and triclosan. Minister Lena Ek recognises an increased risk for spread in the environment through polluted sewage and for the development of antibiotic resistance. Swedish County councils are therefore encouraged to investigate their purchasing procedures and the minister wants to be informed about current purchasing practices and the work on safe substitute products.

It has become increasingly popular today to include small particles of silver as disinfectants and anti-odorants in textiles, clothing and shoes, the magazine New technique writes. This may cause hormone disturbances and antibiotic resistance according to Swedish researchers. Associate professor in clinical microbiology in Uppsala, Åsa Melhus, found silver resistant bacteria several years ago in samples from patients and has since then been an advocate against the widely spread and increased usage of silver in consumer products.

Originally posted on 20 June 2012

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