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Examining ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of silver-based biocides

According to Altro, ‘recent years have seen the arguments for and against the use of biocides intensify, with some pro-biocide organisations making bolder claims than ever before’. Here Lucy Bilotto, European Marketing manager at Altro, outlines the flooring and wall cladding manufacturer’s concerns that ‘in the absence of firm evidence to support these claims’, there are concerns that these additives may be having no positive impact on infection control.

 In response, Jennifer Collier, Partner Development manager at BioCote, a leading integrator of silver-based antimicrobial technology into a broad range of products, puts a strong counter-balancing case for biocides’ benefits in a wide range of applications.

The Altro standpoint

In recent years the arguments for and against the use of biocides have intensified. Some pro-biocide organisations (typically manufacturers utilising biocides in their products) are making bolder claims than ever before. In the absence of firm evidence to support these claims, however, there are concerns that these additives may be having no positive impact on infection control. At the same time, newly published research is painting an increasingly worrying picture of the longterm effects of these substances on both human and animal health, and on the environment. These issues are being debated widely by academics and regulatory bodies worldwide. 

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