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Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent and registered pesticide found in antibacterial soaps and body washes, dishwashing liquids, cosmetics and toothpastes, is being banned in Minnesota effective Jan. 1, 2017. On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill that will prohibit the use of triclosan in any cleaning products, personal care items or cosmetics.

Minnesota is the only state to enact a ban so far, but manufacturers have announced plans to discontinue the chemical. On its website, Procter & Gamble announced it has decided to eliminate triclosan from its products by the end of the year.

TRG Group, located in St. Louis, has hired Stephen Bell as its new Midwest region manager. Bell will be responsible for sales in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

Pittsburgh-based baked goods supplier Smiley Cookie has finalized an agreement with five new independent regional sales representatives: Jon Wendinger, representing Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota; dual team Wayne Burden and Roberta Reiss, representing Northern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine; Mark Thieleke, representing North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; Penny Hughes, representing Florida; and Vince Bagwell, representing Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

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