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


"It's unfortunate that a lot of hype and smear and fear about this particular ingredient overwhelmed the day rather than the history of safe use and the real solid data that's out there," Sansoni says. "That's no way to regulate."

"For the first time in two decades, the FDA, which regulates this product category, is undergoing [a review] of a whole new set of rules on antibacterial soaps and their ingredients, which makes this legislation all the more confounding," Sansoni continues. "I think from that perspective it's probably more disappointing because it's working its way through the federal process right now."

Last Wednesday, the ACI wrote a letter to Dayton urging him to veto the bill containing the triclosan ban. The letter cites studies indicating that "regular use of antibacterial soaps with triclosan does not contribute to antibiotic resistance" and that "the levels of triclosan in Minnesota waters are safe."

But those arguments didn't win over Dayton or legislators like Sen. John Marty (D-Roseville), the lead sponsor of the triclosan ban in the Senate, which passed the environmental bill unanimously.

Marty argues Minnesota's triclosan ban will resonate nationally.

"While this is an effort to ban triclosan from one of the 50 states, I think it will have a greater impact than that," Marty told the Associated Press.

The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2017. Sansoni says it's too early to say whether it'll cause manufactures to reformulate their products without triclosan for sale in Minnesota or simply pull items from shelves here.

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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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