Industry Buzz...Triclosan

Minnesota has banned Triclosan from anti-bacterial soap products. Triclosan has been around for over 40 years and is used in nearly 75% of all liquid anti-bacterial soaps and body washes in the United States according to the FDA. Triclosan is primarily marketed to "kill germs" and often found in soap, deodorant and toothpaste. Animal testing has shown Triclosan can disrupt hormones that are important for development and reproduction. Of course the opposition is against the ban and states Triclosan is safe.

This action could lead to manufactures reformulating their products to exclude Triclosan. Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson are just two companies so far who have taken steps to eliminate it from its products by 2015.

Kudos to the state of Minnesota for taking a stand and saying NO to Triclosan.

Unfortunately the ban is not effective until January 1, 2017. Seriously people? Consumers have to wait another three years for this stuff to be removed from hygiene products we use every day? We can only hope that by then, manufactures will begin to remove this toxic ingredient from products and other states will follow the lead.

Check your products (liquid soaps, face wash, wipes, medicated spray, deodorant and toothpaste) to see if they contain Triclosan.