Antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs) in our hospitals claim over 7,000 Australian lives each year, with public health experts calling this one of the greatest health threats of our time.
A new report released by Friends of the Earth (FoE) reveals experts believe that widespread use of nano-silver could breed more superbugs, leading to more Australian deaths in hospitals.
“If we start using nano-silver quite broadly in the environment, then not only will we have bacteria that are resistant to nano-silver, then I would bet that they'll already be multi-drug [antibiotic] resistant as well."
Professor Hatch Stokes, ithree Institute, University of Technology Sydney
Dozens of socks, shoes, sports clothing, toothbrushes, towels, fridges and more are now marketed as ‘anti-bacterial’ or ‘odour controlling’, using nanoparticles of silver to kill the bacteria that cause odour. These products are available in leading Australian retailers such as K-Mart, Rebel Sport, BigW, Retravision, Priceline, Best Buy and Kathmandu.
“It’s a market that created itself. In a sense, that they just use fear of bacteria as a marketing tool to introduce products that are unnecessary."
Professor John Turnidge, President of the Australian Society for Microbiology and Clinical Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, SA Pathology
Over 2 years ago, health experts joined FoE’s call to remove these dangerous and unnecessary nano-silver products from the market. Yet today there is still effectively no regulation of nano-silver in Australia: no safety testing & no labelling
Please join the call for urgent government action to get these products off the market by signing this petition
Dr. Gregory Crocetti and Georgia Miller
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