Protecting Minnesota waters from triclosan

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: March 5, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Minnesota makes a timely statement on antibacterial’s risks.

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basia2186Mar. 6, 13 5:45 AM

Finally an intelligent choice by our government. Have they also stopped buying water in plastic bottles? Why haven't we joined the 9 states that have a 5 or 10 cent deposit on glass and plastic beverage bottles? Want to pass a law that will really help? Make recycling mandatory.

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trev_russellMar. 6, 13 3:17 PM

Triclosan in personal care products is totally unnecessary and presents risks to human health, bacterial resistance, and causes the ongoing buildup of dioxins in our water. While this editorial notes that triclosan kills bacteria that can cause gingivitis, so does mouthwash. The issue is not whether triclosan kills bacteria, but whether or not it outperforms its much safer alternatives. Since research indicates it does not, I fully support a phase out of its use in personal care products.

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padraignesbSep. 11, 1310:25 AM

As a Michigander and outdoorsman, I’m always leery of the product I’m using as I bathe in Lake Huron, part of the Great Lakes System that is shared with Minnesota. I’ve tried a few different products but am just learning of the soaps over at Pure and Gentle and maybe giving those a try.

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myob_STDec. 28, 1311:48 AM

It would have been helpful to note that 'leave-on' products (like Purell) do not contain triclosan.

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