In accordance with an executive order issued by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota will cease purchasing products containing triclosan, such as soaps and detergents.
Triclosan is an antimicrobial included in hand soap, laundry detergent, dishsoap, fabric, pesticides, toys and other items. It has now been classified as endocrine-disruptive, making it a potential danger.
A variety of lakes and rivers in Minnesota now contain triclosan, according to a recent study. Research shows a potential danger to our natural environment. Federal agencies are now studying these potential effects, but already comment that there is no proven benefit to washing with soaps containing triclosan over washing with traditional soap and water.
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