Minnesota becomes first state to ban triclosan, controversial ingredient in antibacterial soaps

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Triclosan is in roughly 75 percent of antibacterial soaps and body washes.
:::: UPDATE :::: Minnesota's Triclosan ban: Expert explains why it's the right move

Tucked into an environment bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday was a measure banning triclosan, a controversial antibacterial agent found in a wide array of consumer products.

Minnesota is the first state to ban triclosan, which is currently being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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The ban, which was approved by the Legislature with broad bipartisan support, has drawn the ire of the D.C.-based American Cleaning Institute.

ACI spokesman Brian Sansoni argues research on triclosan hasn't shown that the agent has any negative health impact on humans.

"For members of the public who want to choose these products, they should certainly be able to have access to them," Sansoni tells us. "This particular chemical has been in use for over 40 years, primarily in health care and then in the consumer space, and it has been safely used. We use it to wash our hands and in other applications too, and it continues to be safely used, and it's been more researched than just about any other ingredient that's used in consumer products."

Asked about the benefits of triclosan, Sansoni says, "Very simply put, antibacterial soaps have a germ-killing benefit as compared to non-antibacterial soaps."

But proponents of the ban argue the hygienic benefits of triclosan are overstated, and that the agent has negative environmental impacts, if not negative health impacts for humans.

In February, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told MPR, "There are a lot better products out there we want people to use... I think one day we're going to look back and say, why didn't we do this much sooner?"

"I can say as the public health person on the infectious disease side, the benefits aren't there," Osterholm continued. "So if the risks are something to be measured, then in a risk-benefit analysis this chemical shouldn't and doesn't hold up."

With regard to triclosan's environmental implications, a University of Minnesota study published last year found increasing levels of the agent in several lakes. It also found the interaction of triclosan with chlorine and sunlight can form dioxins, environmental pollutants that can be harmful to humans.

That research prompted Governor Dayton to ban state agencies from purchasing products with triclosan, and many national manufacturers have started voluntarily phasing the agent out of products.

But Sansoni argues Minnesota lawmakers should've waited on the results of the FDA review, to be completed in 2016, before taking action.

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Kurt Vatland
Kurt Vatland

Too bad Monsanto still is allowed to poison our food though way to go MN!

Kevin Jay
Kevin Jay

the politicians are so proud of this that they "hid" it in a bill. Why did they not just vote straight up on this in full public view? We are "happy" for you politicians that you were so in front of this issue...

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

it is an unneeded ingredient in soap. And causes more damage creating antibacterial resistance. Bacteria is constantly evolving to survive. Most people who don't believe evolution are likely to be creationists and also believe in prayer which also does not work. Meditation and deep thought yes. Prayer no.

Tess'ailene Sunshine
Tess'ailene Sunshine

So why not the March on #Monsanto? Oh, wait.... no one is covering the story. :-(

Robin Hanson
Robin Hanson

We really don't need to kill the bacteria on our hands. We just need to wash it away. Thus plain soap and water.

Robert Rollins
Robert Rollins

Now I'm not a proponent of total smoking bans, but it makes me wonder why they can completely ban the sale of this substance state wide in the name of public health and the environment, but then not completely ban the sale of tobacco products in the state. Oh almost forgot, tobacco is a cash cow for the state.

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

Ever heard of soap and water ? Always worked fine before.

KC Jensen
KC Jensen

So when is Lysol going to stop using dioxin and dawn detergent stop using formaldehyde? Those are the real questions.

Andy Nelson
Andy Nelson

So how do we clean hands now? Obviously they didnt think too ahead

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.

John Steitz
John Steitz

OMG. What's next? First they come fer yer soaps, next we'll all be in Obummers FEMA camps. WAKE UP AMERiCA!! Derrerrp

Daniel Katzenberger
Daniel Katzenberger

If we ban HFCS that would take care if the imitation maple syrup. Now if we could just mandate labeling of GMO containing foods, or mandate labeling of GMO free foods; either would be fine with me (I actually like the second option better.)

Jennifer Hagen
Jennifer Hagen

I have been avoiding it as much as possible for years.They talked about the dangers of this over 10 years ago.

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

I'm going to smuggle it in from other states, and dump it everywhere. That will show you goddamned crybabies.

Michelle Bingham
Michelle Bingham

My suspicious nature doesn't allow me to fully trust the motivation for the ban since so much other toxic stuff is still permitted that's going into US and lakes.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Come on, this has been up for 5 hours and not one old white guy has chimed in with the 'nanny state' comment yet? Guess I better head over to the WCCO page

Matt Vangsgard
Matt Vangsgard

Great now ban ASPARTAME and HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!!!

Marc Sherer
Marc Sherer

I can sleep easier now. Thank you Government! I still cannot buy beer on Sunday's though. :(

Ilanna Sharon Mandel
Ilanna Sharon Mandel

this is why I don't use them - regular soap does work just fine - I use dove or palmolive

Erin K Tietz
Erin K Tietz

Good on you MN. There are better and more natural ways to cleanse and disinfect.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

You realize that the main purpose of soap is to loosen and scrub away dirt and bacteria.  It's been successful for 1000's of years and there is no need to use anything else. 

Studies also show that you don't even need warm water when washing your hands.  Warm water helps loosen up oils to be scrubbed off but that can be cancelled with a few more seconds of washing with cold water. 

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

"So 75 percent of Minnesotans will *still* be unwashed?" Fixed that for you.

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Yes Cameo, it's just your crazy theory. Your crazy theory has nothing to do with the actual test results which prove that it is no better at killing germs than regular hand washing and is toxic to aquatic organisms and increases bacterial resistance.

mistyjane
mistyjane

I agree that it should be banned.  Soap is a natural anti bacterial .  If we look closer is my not be harmful to humans but it is to nature.  

Cameo Garza
Cameo Garza

Also, who's to say it doesn't become heated during delivery or @ the company. :O

Cameo Garza
Cameo Garza

Sometimes scientists aren't so intelligent ;-) we are human. And I wasn't referring to soap, I was referring to antibacterial. People leave it in purses, cars, bags etc. It's only a theory CALM DOWN PEOPLE...lol

Elliot Fuhr
Elliot Fuhr

I wonder if this includes commercially /industrially? I work in the service industry where Ecolab supplies all the chemicals.

Tim Cheesebrow
Tim Cheesebrow

And next we will ban earthworms, dry cleaning and imitation maple syrup.... Onward and upward #baneverythingmn

Angela Tamburro
Angela Tamburro

It's hard to believe that people still use anti-bacterial soaps and gels. There's nothing beneficial. Regular soap works just fine and doesn't potentially pose the risk of forming antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Not to mention this crap can pose many health risks over time and pollutes the environment. I'd rather "risk" becoming sick than use anything with Triclosan.

Megan Laycock Shapero
Megan Laycock Shapero

So sorry to disappoint you Tammy I could not afford a drop of Botox or a Plastic Surgeon if my life depended on it...This is just me in all my nearly 42 year old natural glory...Not a stitch nor injection just decent genes...Thanks Mom & Dad :)

Chrissy Burgell
Chrissy Burgell

Finally. The last thing we need is to become resistant to viruses/medicinal anti-biotics because of daily use of anti-bacterial hand soap. Especially when regular soap works just as well.

hopjeremy
hopjeremy

We have a orange jug of Ecolab antibacterial at work. I never use it, opting for regular soap.  I get sick maybe one time a year.   These antibacterial dispensers you see practically everywhere has to stop.  Our bodies need bacteria and all kinds of organisms to live.  Ever hear of gut bacteria. It helps us digest.  I digress . :-0

eddogg67
eddogg67

It's a load of BS used to control what people buy. Somebody is making money off of this by pushing their brand of soap.

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