Shattered Trust

Number 25456
Subject Health
Source Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
State WI
Year 2011
Publication Date June 26, July 17, September 22, December 28, April 13, February 28, September 29, and November 1, 2011
Summary The public assumes sterile alcohol wipes are sterile or at least clean enough not to be dangerous. But an ongoing investigation in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that wipes -- sterile and nonsterile -- can be dangerously contaminated, and federal regulators are not doing much to protect the public. When there are recalls, the public is not finding out because of lax communication and weak tools for regulators.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 29
Keywords alcohol wipes; public safety; bacteria; public health
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