SHOCKER: Chemical used by Colgate Total toothpaste linked to cancer, FDA failed to do due diligence
Incredible! Now we have to worry about the toothpaste we used. And of course leave it to a government agency to fall asleep at the switch putting millions of lives at risk.
A chemical that has been linked to cancer cell growth is being used by millions of Americans in toothpaste every day, it has emerged reports the Daily Maul.
The company behind Colgate Total insists that triclosan, which it uses to stave off gum disease, is safe to use because the toothpaste was approved in 1997 by the Food and Drug Administration.
But the toxicology documents used by the FDA to approve the toothpaste were only released early this year after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year – and reveal the agency relied upon company-backed science to reach its conclusion, Bloomberg News reported.
The 35-page report reveals the FDA had concerns that triclosan could increase the risk of cancer – but Colgate said the chemical was only problematic in large doses.
But evidence available at the time, as well as newer studies, show there are indeed concerns with the chemical – including premature births and underdeveloped bones in animals.
Originally posted at The Last Tradition
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