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Your Antibacterial Soap Is So
Dangerous, Minnesota Just Banned It

Yahoo! News, by Liz Dwyer

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/25/2014 8:28:38 PM

It looks like germaphobes in Minnesota are going to have to kiss antibacterial hand wash good-bye and go back to disinfecting their skin with old-school soap and water. Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a measure banning the antibacterial chemical triclosan from all products sold in the state. Triclosan is commonly found in a slew of personal care items—everything from body wash, dish soap, and toothpaste to over-the-counter acne medication. It’s found in nearly 2,000 products, but the bad news about the substance keeps piling up. Back in December, the FDA proposed requiring manufacturers of products that contain triclosan to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 5/25/2014 8:33:28 PM     (No. 9861752)

This is actually an excellent example of the failure of markets. The market dictates a behavior that has a positive short term effect for the consumer and a negative long term effect for the public at large.

I have thought long and hard, at times, how market forces could control the overuse of antibacterial agents and welcome any LDOT ideas. I suppose there is some learned paper that I haven´t come across.

There are other cases. It seems to be a variation of the tragedy of the commons.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 5/25/2014 8:37:43 PM     (No. 9861757)

And we trust the FDA why?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lala, 5/25/2014 9:16:13 PM     (No. 9861780)

And this is the role of the governor?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 5/25/2014 9:31:10 PM     (No. 9861803)

and we trust this cocaine addled, five BILLION trust fund jerk, WHO ONLY WON AFTER TIM PAWLENTY LET HIM KEEP LOOKING FOR MORE VOTES..
not that I have any feelings about him...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pinchem, 5/25/2014 9:50:04 PM     (No. 9861826)

FTA: Minnesota’s law goes into effect in 2017.

Duhhhh, if it´s so bad why does this take effect in 3 years? Why not yesterday?

Something doesn´t make sense.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Japanorama, 5/25/2014 9:51:01 PM     (No. 9861828)

Kill the easy-to-kill strains of bacteria.
Guess what are left?
The lethal strains for which no antimicrobials exist.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 5/25/2014 11:07:06 PM     (No. 9861903)

Years ago Leslie Stahl tested antibacterial hand sanitizers on 60 Minutes and proved all they did was smear the germs around.

Plain old soap and water works wonders and saves lives. Introducing more chemicals into our lives and then screaming about the climate doesn´t seem to work.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/26/2014 3:23:12 AM     (No. 9861993)

All you have to do is read the liquid soap bottle. Some have anti-bacterial agents like triclosan, others have just soap.

Washing your hands for as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" is enough to handle the germs.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 5/26/2014 10:42:31 AM     (No. 9862271)

Good. Would be glad to see them disappear from grocery shelves. Unless you´re performing surgery, it´s just about the last thing you need.
A completely stupid marketing gimmick with no thought to long-term side effects.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chance_232, 5/26/2014 12:21:59 PM     (No. 9862408)

If the press was doing its job and investigating things like this and properly enlightening the public, the free market would work.

But no ...... the press jumps on the latest fad and pushes an agenda.

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