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Toothpaste Alert: Colgate Total Contains Cancer-Linked Triclosan

The chemical has also been linked with disrupting development in animals


Colgate (CL) has come under fire recently as one of the ingredients in Colgate Total has been linked with cancer.

Colgate Total

The toothpaste contains triclosan, a chemical that can cause cancer-cell growth and negatively affect development in animals. Nonetheless, the FDA approved Colgate Total in 1997 … however, the agency had not revealed its toxicology summary on the product until earlier this year.

The 35-page report shows that the FDA dismissed some experiments performed on animals; specifically, mice and rats were found to have developed fetal bone malformations. Bloomberg had three scientists review the FDA’s report, and they believe those malformations are indicative of triclosan’s effect on the animals’ endocrine system.

Colgate has maintained that the ingredient can only cause these problems in large amounts, and Colgate Total users have nothing to fear.

CL stock is up about 0.3% Monday afternoon.

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