• This U.S. State Just Banned It: Antibacterial Soap Is So Dangerous

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    Antibacterial soap 1_AP_May 3 2013

    You think you’re safe from chemicals when it comes to washing your hands? Think again, because this U.S. state just banned antibacterial soap. Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a measure that bans the antibacterial chemical triclosan from all products that are sold in the state of Minnesota. Triclosan can be commonly found in personal care items from the body wash to toothpaste. It can be found in almost 2,000 products.

    The FDA proposed that requiring manufacturers of products that contain triclosan prove that they’re more effective than just washing your hands or brushing your teeth. But, some studies have found that this chemical causes hormonal imbalances. There has been a rise in concern that the use of triclosan contributes to deadly, antibiotic-resistant superbugs.


    The governor of Minnesota has declared that any products sold in the state must be free of the chemical known as triclosan.

    Governor Mark Dayton signed a measure banning the antibacterial chemical triclosan from products that are sold in the state.

    Triclosan is found in tons of personal care products, from body wash to dish soap to toothpaste to acne medication. There are 2,000 products that contain triclosan, and more are on the way.

    So what’s so bad about triclosan?

    Some studies have shown that triclosan causes hormone imbalances in animals.

    What could it be doing to us? Also, there’s a very real worry that triclosan-laced antibacterial soap will assist the rise of deadly antibiotic-resisting superbugs.

    “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 …

    Do you really want to expose your family to the harmful effects of using soap? It’s bad when you have to ban soap because it contains such harmful chemicals that it could damage your health. But, on the bright side, at least Minnesota officials are stepping up to the plate and taking charge of what is being sold in their state so their citizens won’t be harmed by chemicals.

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