Minnesota First State To Ban Triclosan In Personal Cleansing Products
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed a bill that will ban personal cleansing products that contain triclosan from sale in the state, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The legislation exempts products approved for consumer use by FDA, which currently is reevaluating the safety and efficacy of ingredients in antibacterial soaps used by consumers.
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