Colgate Ingredient Linked to Cancer


colgate-total-toothpasteMillions of Americans may be putting a cancer-causing ingredient in their mouths every day. Triclosan, an ingredient in Colgate Total toothpaste, has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals, leading many consumer companies to phase it out and Minnesota to ban it in many products. But Colgate Total uses it to stave off gum disease and cites the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the toothpaste 17 years ago as evidence that it is safe.

Pages describing the FDA’s process only became available this year and show that the agency uses company-backed science to declare products safe.

In the meantime, newer studies have detected triclosan in the urine of 75 percent of 2,517 Americans tested. A 2012 study linked triclosan to reduced fertility in mice and a 2013 study linked it to lowered sperm production in rats. Read more at Bloomberg.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Don’t believe it until you see the data. For example, what’s the human equivalent of the dose that caused cancer in animals?

  2. #1 – Say what you want. but, all of these chemicals in tootpastes, foods, water, cleaning solutions etc etc..are raising the amount of cancer in recent years to one out of five something that was unheard of a few decades ago. Go check the data…..instead of assuming everything is safe unless proven otherwise, it makes much more sense to assume everything is NOT safe unless proven otherwise. there are plenty of natural whole foods and cleaners etc…which don’t have all the questionable ingredients. people just refuse to accept this and needlessly suffer.

  3. CL Total also has ingredients known to cause depression. Not sure if minimal exposure is toxic or not but wouldn’t risk it. There are plenty of good pastes out there.

  4. Good Morning America! everything you use like shampoo and toothpaste go into your bloodstream. They woke up too late with this

  5. I think triclosan is in antibacterial deodorant soap. I will not mention names just look at the ingredients. Some have more and some have less