MINNEAPOLIS -- It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton recently signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical.
The ban isn't due to take effect until 2017. But one of its lead sponsors, state Sen. John Marty, says the odds are good that most manufacturers will phase out triclosan by then anyway under government and consumer pressure.
Triclosan is used in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold across the United States. The Food and Drug Administration announced last year that it's revisiting the safety of triclosan.