State beats rest of coun­try in ban­ning germ-killer

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS | Min­nesota’s first-inthe na­tion ban on soaps con­tain­ing the once ubiq­ui­tous germ-killer tri­closan takes ef­fect Jan. 1.

But the peo­ple who spear­headed the law say it’s al­ready hav­ing its de­sired ef­fect across the coun­try.

The fed­eral government caught up to Min­nesota’s 2014 de­ci­sion with its own ban that takes ef­fect in Septem­ber 2017.

Ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers have largely phased out the chem­i­cal al­ready, with some prod­ucts be­ing mar­keted as tri­closan-free.

The back­ers of Min­nesota’s ban ac­knowl­edge that they can’t take di­rect credit for the fed­eral ban, but hope their ef­forts helped turn opin­ions against the chem­i­cal. They’re con­fi­dent the state’s ban helped prod man­u­fac­tur­ers to ac­cel­er­ate the phase-out.

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