Controversial Germ-Killer: Minnesota Bans Antibacterial Triclosan

handwashThe state of Minnesota has decided to take the lead in banning the anti-bacterial ingredient Triclosan from use in a range of personal care products.

Concerns Over Germ-Killing Agent

Individual products that have received approval from FDA, however, are not included in the ban.

The germ-killing ingredient is mostly used in hygiene products such as soaps, toothpaste, and deodorants.

“In order to prevent the spread of infectious disease and avoidable infections and to promote best practices in sanitation, no person shall offer for retail sale in Minnesota any cleaning product that contains triclosan and is used by consumers for sanitizing or hand and body cleansing,” the law says.

Unclear Health Risks

Triclosan ban goes into effect in 2017, as Governor Mark Dayton recently signed the bill legalizing it.

If the ban goes into effect, manufacturers will be required to prove their products are safe to use.

The health effects of Triclosan-containing products are still unclear. Although some studies argue that the chemical could be associated to antibiotic resistance.