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Cosmetic Ingredient is Tainting State Lakes
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is not enough evidence to recommend limiting its use, research by scientists at the University of Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota found that antibacterial triclosan and the toxins it forms is tainting the waters.

Triclosan is a common antibacterial ingredient used in consumer products such as soap, deodorant, and toothpaste. The American Cleaning Institute says there is no evidence of harm to the environment. The dioxins scientists believes the product produces generates a variety of health risks, from cancer to hormone disruption, deformities and other problems in fish, frogs, and other animals.

Johnson & Johnson is already phasing the product out and the Minnesota Department of Health recommends consumers avoid it. The Canadian government announced its intent to ban it from consumer products because, while safe for human use, it’s potentially harmful in the environment.

 
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