Do you support a ban on triclosan?

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“Contains Triclosan” by Jack Black’s Stunt Double on Flickr

“Minnesota is expected to soon become the first state to ban the chemical triclosan — a common ingredient in antibacterial hand soap,” writes MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar.

Both the House and Senate have voted to phase out the chemical in consumer hand soap and body wash by 2017. The bill needs a final vote in the House before being sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it.

Environmental groups including Friends of the Mississippi River had pushed to ban triclosan sooner, but water program director Trevor Russell said the action is already leading manufacturers to change their products. Companies like Proctor and Gamble and GlaxoSmithKline are among those phasing out triclosan.

Today’s Question: Do you support a ban on triclosan?

  • florawest

    Yes! (I’m not posting much of a discussion but there shouldn’t be much of one–try to find a medical professional who is pro-triclosan. The only thing it ends up doing is making germs stronger. I’m oversimplifying a bit but then again, I only meant to post one word.)

  • Joe

    As long as we don’t ban it for research purpose and throw people in jail for having it in their possession, then yes.

  • Steve R

    I can clean things with water and a Norwex cloth and get better anti- bacterial cleaning power than if I use the chemicals products and I save money. Ban the chemical!

  • Carlos Grados

    Yes, and this should be only the beginning of the list.

  • Susan Woehrle


  • Pearly


  • kevins

    I do!

  • Susan Maas


  • WClark

    Yes, there is no evidence that it is more effective at preventing disease than regular soap and water and it’s breakdown products include dioxins which are building up in our lakes and rivers. It’s about time.

  • Jim G

    Sure, but it is only one of thousands of chemicals that we return to our water cycle with unknown effects on living organisms, including us. Has anyone else wondered why our autistic rates have jumped from basically nothing up to the current rate 1 out of 69 children in the U.S. over the last thirty years? When I started teaching in the early 70’s we didn’t have anywhere near the autism rates we now have. The causative factors have got to be some pervasive environmental toxins that have been released throughout the ecosystem. Chemical pollution is getting worse, not better.

  • Marvin

    YES. Although there’s scant scientific evidence that Triclosan has direct adverse health effects, there’s plenty of evidence that it helps create nastier antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is THE emerging medical crisis. It should’ve been banned long ago.

  • Gary F

    Sure but it sounds like the marketplace is already addressing it, so why more government?

  • P-Wagz

    If you think about why triclosan is being banned, why not ban all anti-microbials? These chemical and product companies are just going to replace it with something similar. In my opinion this legislation isn’t thinking far enough ahead.

  • Sarah


  • JQP

    Unfortunately YES.

    Absent a law … many soap makers would continue to make and sell the product to customers who “feel” they need that particular product.
    this law:
    – equal marketplace rules for what can be sold.
    – eliminates further sales of ecologically damaging product.
    – provides mechanism for correction action
    May seem … “BIGGISH” response … but … more human business will act “not-so-nicely” when there is no letter of the law explicitly stating what is allowed.

  • Lisa H

    YES! That stuff is deadly not only to the good bacteria that you want on your skin, but to the Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico & other waterways! We don’t need to rid the world of germs because in the end it causes more harm than good. STOP with the freaky, instant, antibacterial mentality & use good ol’ soap to wash. Save our water! It is a precious resource.

  • John

    Yes, of course, for all the reasons below.

    This shouldn’t be Minnesota’s issue as a state. It’s national. This is an example of what happens with a dysfunctional congress and ineffective federal regulators. It lets private industry profit off the environment until someone has the guts to say no. Many, many other examples including the cell phone kill switch that just passed here. We would never have passed this with Pawlenty and the republicans in charge.