Why a chemical banned from soap is still in your toothpaste

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Although FDA effectively banned triclosan from soaps recently, the antibacterial chemical can still be found in Colgate Total toothpaste. Before approving the toothpaste in 1997, FDA requested that the Colgate-Palmolive company conduct toxicology studies.

Although FDA effectively banned triclosan from soaps recently, the antibacterial chemical can still be found in Colgate Total toothpaste. Before approving the toothpaste in 1997, FDA requested that the Colgate-Palmolive company conduct toxicology studies. Based on scientific evidence, the balance of benefit and risk is favorable for these products, said FDA spokeswoman Andrea Fischer on Tuesday. According to Colgate, the original FDA submission for Colgate Total included more than 100 toxicology studies and the company provides monitoring and safety updates annually. Still, Rolf Halden, a director for environmental security at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University is looking for maid service and argues that only a small amount of chemicals gets absorbed into our body when soap is put on hands, but through gums “chemicals get rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.”

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