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Colgate Defends Triclosan, Chemical Found in Total Toothpaste

By    |   Monday, 11 Aug 2014 07:42 PM

Colgate-Palmolive Co. is defending its use of the chemical triclosan in its Colgate Total toothpaste, despite the fact that it has been linked to cancer-cell growth and developmental problems in animals, Bloomberg News reports.

Contending that its Total toothpaste is safe, Colgate pointed to the Food and Drug Administration testing that approved the chemical in 1997.

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But a 35-page report submitted to the FDA about toxicology studies on triclosan wasn’t definitive, Bloomberg said. The report, which wasn’t initially available to the public, was recently put on the FDA website.

The report found indications of bone malformations in fetal mice and rats, which could indicate that triclosan interferes with the endocrine system and affects hormonal functioning, Bloomberg said, referring to the work of three scientists who see problems with the chemical.

Triclosan has come under close scrutiny in recent years, with many consumer companies choosing to avoid using it in their products. In May, Minnesota voted to ban its use in numerous products.

It’s not completely clear what the effects of triclosan are, biology professor Thomas Zoeller told Bloomberg, and it’s difficult to tell which chemicals may be causing problems because people are exposed to many at the same time.

“We have created a system where we are testing these chemicals out on the human population. I love the idea they are all safe,” Zoeller told Bloomberg. “But when we have studies on animals that suggest otherwise, I think we’re taking a huge risk.”

Colgate said more than 80 clinical studies have proved the effectiveness of Colgate Total.

“In the nearly 18 years that Colgate Total has been on the market in the U.S., there has been no signal of a safety issue from adverse-event reports,” spokesman Thomas DiPiazza told Bloomberg.

Colgate removed triclosan from its Softsoap and Palmolive products a few years ago.

Science 2.0 reported that scientists are studying the common use of triclosan, which is often in anti-bacterial cleaners, and the potential health risks for fetuses and babies. Some companies are volutarily removing the chemical from their products.

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Colgate-Palmolive Co. is defending its use of the chemical triclosan in its Colgate Total toothpaste, despite the fact that it has been linked to cancer-cell growth and developmental problems in animals.
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