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.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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