Ingredients in Colgate Toothpaste Linked to Cancer?
The antibacterial agent Trisclosan, which is found in the popular toothpaste Colgate, has been linked to cancer cell growth and development issues. Colgate is endorsed by the American Dental Association.
Trisclosan is currently being tested for safety in the use of consumer products such as toys, cutting boards, and hand soap. It is used in several products because of its antibacterial qualities. After receiving the news about the link to cancer, many consumer companies are phasing out the ingredient. The state of Minnesota voted back in May to ban the use of triclosan in most products.
Researchers state that they have major concerns that the over-the-counter drug could cause harm to millions, especially for those who put it in their mouth on a daily basis.
Colgate does not plan to remove trisclosan from its Colgate Total brand toothpaste. The company is defending its use, stating that extensive testing, which was performed before trisclosan was approved as an over-the-counter drug in 1997, showed the ingredient was safe. However, according to Bloomberg News, the study in 1997 was conducted by scientists who worked for Colgate.
The FDA raised red flags about trisclosan after lab rats and mice showed "adverse effects" when they were exposed to the antibacterial agent. In 1997, the FDA was told by the scientists from Colgate that trisclosan was only a potential threat if it was consumed in large quantities. The reports showed that trisclosan caused fetal bone malformation in lab mice.
Recent studies of trisclosan found that the it causes breast cancer in both human cells as well as in mice.
The Center for Disease Control conducted a study in 2003 of 2,517 people. The study reported that 75% of those tested had trisclosan in their urine.
Despite of mounting new evidence, Colgate stands by the chemical. Thomas DiPiazza, a Colgate spokesperson, recently stated, “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.”
These new findings are also raising concerns about the FDA’s approval process of over-the-counter drugs.
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