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  • NJ A4662
  • Prohibits sale of certain cleaning products containing triclosam.
In Committee
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would, beginning one year after its enactment into law, prohibit the sale of any cleaning product that contains triclosan and is used by consumers for sanitizing or hand and body cleansing. The bill would not apply to individual products for which specific United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for consumer use has been secured. A person who violates this bill would be liable to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense, and each day during which the violation continues would constitute a separate offense. In September 2016, the FDA banned the use of triclosan in over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products. According to the FDA, manufacturers of these products did not demonstrate that the ingredient is both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of disease. Specifically, triclosan has been associated with hormone disruption in animals and possibly contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The federal ban will take effect in September 2017, and some manufacturers have already started removing triclosan from their products. However, the federal ban only applies to products intended to be used with water and rinsed off after use, and does not apply to consumer hand-sanitizers or wipes. Following the lead of Minnesota, this bill would prohibit the use of triclosan in all products used by consumers for sanitizing or hand and body cleansing, except those that receive specific approval for consumer use from the FDA.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 3/6/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
3/6/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
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