New York lawmakers want ban on Triclosan

Posted at 9:23 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 08:53:31-04

There’s a renewed push to ban the sale of products containing an antibacterial chemical that is likely in many products on your bathroom counter.

Triclosan is a synthetic antimicrobial agent that is found in consumer products such as antibacterial soap, cosmetics, and cleaning products.

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel hope to pass legislation that would prohibit the sale of Triclosan by the end of session next month.

Triclosan has been under scrutiny in recent years.  Critics say it can interfere with hormones, and could cause developmental problems in fetuses and newborns.  It has also been under scrutiny for possible environmental impacts.

Minnesota lawmakers have already banned the chemical.