State agencies cease purchasing soaps with triclosan

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — By June, Minnesota state agencies will stop buying and using hand soaps, dish soaps and laundry cleaning products that contain triclosan, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

triclosan labelTriclosan has been classified as an “endocrine-disrupting compound” that is antibiotic-resistant, can cause other health and environmental problems, and can be found in a variety of products like hand soaps, the article stated.

According to the article, a University of Minnesota study published in January in the journal Environmental Science and Technology said that “increasing amounts of triclosan were found in the sediment in eight Minnesota lakes and rivers, but was not found in Little Wilson Lake in the Superior National Forest, the control lake in the experiment, which sees no sewage outflow.”

“By purchasing items without triclosan, state agencies are doing their part to keep this harmful chemical out of Minnesota waters,” said Cathy Moeger, sustainability manager at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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