Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has reportedly signed a bill (SF 2192) that will make Minnesota the first state to ban the use of the controversial chemical triclosan in most consumer retail products. Widely used as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, toothpaste and deodorants, triclosan has purportedly been shown to disrupt reproductive and developmental hormones and contribute to the development of drug-resistant bacteria. The measure, effective January 1, 2017, would prohibit the sale of most hand sanitizers and personal care and cleaning products containing triclosan, with some exceptions for products approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Noting that the chemical is used in approximately 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold across the United States, FDA announced last year that it would revisit the safety of triclosan and other germ-killing ingredients used in personal cleaning products and planned to ban sales of antibacterial hand soaps containing the chemical unless manufacturers could prove that it is safe for daily use and more effective than traditional soap and water. See Law360, May 20, 2014.