Fact check:Is Colgate Total in the banned list of FDA, triclosan

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eMessage:

The FDA has just issued a warning ban on triclosan—a common antibacterial agent used in soaps, detergents, toys, cosmetics, and toothpaste.

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Fact Check: False

Viral on Social Media:

Triclosan: ( WARNING WARNING )
The FDA has just issued a warning this week noting that they will be putting a ban on triclosan—a common antibacterial agent used in soaps, detergents, toys, cosmetics, and toothpaste. Apparently, the chemical poses a high-degree of health risks and side effects.
Colgate Total is just one of many products that list triclosan as an active ingredient.
“Based on scientific evidence, the balance of benefit and risk is favorable for these products,” Andrea Fischer, an FDA Spokesperson, said of the announcement.

“The dangers of triclosan (and a related antibacterial chemical, triclocarban) are many,” the Natural Resource Defense Council said in a statement. “For starters, it’s an endocrine disruptor, meaning it interferes with important hormone functions, which can directly affect the brain in addition to our immune and reproductive systems.”

“Specifically, the chemical disturbs thyroid, testosterone, and estrogen regulation, which can create a host of issues including early puberty, poor sperm quality, infertility, obesity, and cancer,” the statement continues. “Studies have also shown it can lead to impaired learning and memory, exacerbate allergies, and weaken muscle function. The impacts of prolonged exposure during fetal development, infancy, and childhood can be particularly severe, resulting in permanent damage.”

Ayupp facts check Analysis –   

What Is Triclosan?

Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is added to some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics—products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also can be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—products not regulated by the FDA.

Check 1: As mentioned in the rumor that Colgate Total is one of the product, however in fact Colgate total is one of the few products which the FDA has not banned.

In a article published in nytimes the Colgate brand, has convinced the F.D.A. that the benefit of triclosan in toothpaste outweighs any risks.

Toothpastes that contain triclosan have been “demonstrated to be effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis,” said Andrea Fischer, an F.D.A. spokeswoman. Before approving the toothpaste in 1997, the agency requested that the Colgate-Palmolive company conduct toxicology studies, and the F.D.A. ultimately decided it was safe and effective.

So although FDA is cautions on the use of troclosan however it has never banned the colgate total, this makes the above viral message wrong.

Drugs@FDA: FDA Approved Drug Products

Drug Name

Active Ingredients

Strength

Dosage Form/Route

Marketing Status

TE Code

COLGATE TOTAL

SODIUM FLUORIDE; TRICLOSAN

0.24%;0.3%

PASTE;DENTAL

Over-the-counter

None

New Drug Application (NDA): 020231
Company: COLGATE PALMOLIVE

 



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