Minnesota orders agencies to stop buying soap with triclosan

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Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered state agencies to stop purchasing soaps and cleaners that contain triclosan by June, the state announced Monday.

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

Minnesota officials used the state's collective buying power to develop contracts for hand soap and dish and laundry cleaning products that are free of the chemical, the press release notes.

Triclosan, an endocrine-disrupting compound that is antibiotic-resistant and causes other health and environmental problems, can be found in hand soap, toothpaste, cleaning products, fabric, toys, kitchenware and industrial pesticides, the state reports.

Concerns about the chemical have been growing in the state.

Recent University of Minnesota studies have found triclosan in Minnesota lakes.

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