Minnesota becomes first state to ban anti-bacterial soap

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 28, 2014

The state of Minnesota has become the first state in the country to officially ban any retail consumer hygiene product that includes Triclosan as an active ingredient - including roughly 75 percent of anti-bacterial soaps on the market, according to the website Gizmodo.com.
 
Although the ban does become official until Jan, 1, 2017, the ban is something that has largely been expected, as the FDA claims there's no evidence that Triclosan soap is any more effective at washing away germs than non-antibacterial soap and water, the report said. In addition, the report cites studies that claim that Triclosan can "disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria."
 
The report also says the FDA ruled last December that anti-bacterial soap manufacturers will have to prove that their soaps containing the chemical are not only safe, but also more effective than plain soap or water, a ruling that may likely lead to more states following suit.