Consumer protection and other “Fairy tales”

EPA/WANG XIAOBO

Workers label detergent bottles at a plant in Chengdu in southwest China

How a biocide substance that has been considered toxic gets the benefit of the doubt for many, many years


Have you ever heard of the term “biocide”?

Well, it refers killing bacteria and that should be a good thing. Even if you don’t know the term and you do not care about chemistry or biology, chances are you have used products filled with the staff. The staff (chemical agents known as biocides) is supposed to fight biological agents that are nasty and you don’t want on your plate, your skin, or elsewhere, like Listeria monocytogenes (food infection) and Staphylococcus (responsible for skin infec...


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