News or Noise: Article claims Colgate Total is unsafe

July 26, 2017 11:34 PM

Here's the headline: Breaking: if you are using this toothpaste, throw it away immediately!

The article has been shared more than 164,000 times. It claims the FDA announced it would be banning the use of triclosan in various products, including Colgate Total.

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The report cites a Natural Resource Defense Council statement about the commonly used anti-bacterial agent that says it: "Disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues."

This is a scary claim because a lot of us use Colgate Total -- some at the recommendation of our dentist.

What is true: in September of 2016, the FDA did rule that a host of anti-bacterial soaps could no longer be sold because they contain triclosan.

However, according to Colgate's website: "The FDA concluded that soap manufacturers had not submitted adequate safety evidence for use in these products; the agency did not conclude that triclosan in soap is unsafe."

But Colgate Total says triclosan is used to prevent gingivitis in toothpaste, so it was not included in the list of banned products, and continues to be approved by the FDA.

So when you see this article on social media that encourages you to throw out your toiletries, know that it's mostly noise.


Jennifer Mobilia

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