Minnesota Becomes First State to Ban Triclosan
More about the triclosan ban
Triclosan is a registered pesticide commonly found in antibacterial soaps, body waches, dishwashing liquids, cosmetics, and toothpaste. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study has found triclosan alters hormone regulation in lab animals. Triclosan may also contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and may be harmful to immune systems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has also said it found no extra health benefits between products containing triclosan and regular soap and water.
The Minnesota ban will be effective Jan. 1, 2017 and prohibits the use of triclosan in cleaning products, personal care items, and cosmetics. Some manufacturers have said they plan to remove triclosan from products on their own. Proctor & Gamble have said all of their products will be triclosan-free by the end of the year; Johnson & Johnson has plans to eliminate triclosan by 2015.