Household cleaners creating drug-resistant bacteria


Chemicals used in a whole range of household cleaning products are contributing to the growth of dangerous new antibiotic-resistant bacteria, reports The Observer. According to researchers from Warwick University the problem occurs when detergents, cleaners and disinfectants enter the sewerage system and then end up on farmland in sewage used as ‘soil treatment’. One of the researchers stated: “The inference is clear. We are producing sewage and river water that have more and more drug-resistant bacteria in them and that these are now poised to enter the food chain.” Natural Products News, March 09.

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