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December 1997 Issue

Flood of Antibacterial Products No Guarantee of Food Safety

Q.I've seen a lot of antibacterial kitchen products on the market lately. Are they really effective? A. A qualified yes. That is, they are effective at what they are designed to do. But there seems to be some confusion about just what you can expect from these bacteria-busting products. In many cases, they retard growth of harmful bacteria, but don't kill germs on contact. For example, an increasingly popular antibacterial "ingredient" is a

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