How Can Triclosan Be Banned In Hand Soap But Not In Toothpaste?

September 12, 2016

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Last week the FDA issued a ban on the chemical, triclosan in antibacterial soaps, saying there was no scientific evidence that it was any better "at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water." Perhaps more worrisome was that the long-term use of the soap, the agency said in a statement, "has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health." But the ban of triclosan is only in place for soap but not toothpaste and who would've thought triclosan would be in toothpaste.  Well it's in just one, Colgate Total.  The nation's best-selling toothpaste brand have convinced the FDA that the benefits of triclosan outweigh the risks; even though the FDA issued a statement, in essence, countering themselves. In fairness, an independent review of 30 studies over the last 25 years concluded that toothpastes with triclosan and fluoride outperformed those with only fluoride on several counts.  However it is leaving many scratching their heads as to why triclosan was deemed safe for your mouth but unsafe for your hands.

SOURCE: New York Times

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