Target: Governor Mark Dayton and Senator John Marty
Goal: Thank the Minnesota legislators for initiating a ban on a hazardous ingredient used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants, and other household products
A dangerous chemical is now no longer threatening Minnesota residents. This ingredient, called triclosan, was primarily used in cleaning and antibacterial products, but also found in body washes and cosmetics. By banning this ingredient, Minnesota has shown its commitment to protecting its citizens’ health. This ban, beginning 2017, will set a national example that other states may emulate. Triclosan may even be phased out completely by the companies which produce it if other states follow Minnesota’s precedent.
Triclosan was created in the 1960s with the belief that it helped kill germs more effectively. However, recent research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has shown that it does not, in fact, kill germs any better than regular soap and water. Instead, this ingredient disrupts heart function in 25% of mice exposed to triclosan. Studies have also shown that it disrupts thyroid function in rats and mice, leading to hormone deficiencies and possibly increasing the risk of breast cancer due to estrogen imitators. Lastly, but perhaps most alarmingly, triclosan converts to chloroform when mixed with chlorine, posing another dangerous health risk to humans.
While human cells have been used in experiments, showing that muscular and neurological function is impaired, no definitive impact on overall human health has been determined. The unknown effects may be more harmful than companies or people assume. Further FDA research will provide conclusive evidence to the harmful nature of triclosan to human health, which is unknown as of now. Sign the petition to applaud Minnesota’s ban on triclosan and to encourage a similar ban across the country.
Dear Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. John Marty,
Thank you for your recent ban on triclosan. This initiative in protecting your citizens’ health is demonstrative of Minnesota’s progressive and strong stance against toxic chemicals in everyday products. I would like to commend your proactive nature in addressing the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2010 lawsuit by promptly passing this ban into law.
Triclosan has been shown to have various negative effects on thyroid function in animals. Human cells have also been tested, showing impaired muscular and neurological function. This experimentation can not be ignored by other states, and we applaud your direct action in preventing these problems from becoming pandemic health issues.
Your prohibition sets a national precedent that other states will hopefully follow; this is a measure that sets a high but attainable goal for all other states. On this note, I also encourage you to proceed in further bans by investigating various toxins that may be present in common products. Your effort in protecting Minnesota’s citizens will have immediate and long term benefits on other states, the producers of products with toxic chemicals, and most importantly, your residents.
[Your Name Here]
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