Popular Toothpaste Contains Cancer-Causing Ingredient

Published: Aug 13, 2014

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Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s Total toothpaste is the number three best-selling brand in the United States — and a never-before-seen report filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveals it contains triclosan, an antibacterial agent that’s previously been linked to cancer.

The report is the initial toxicology summary Colgate conducted and submitted to the FDA as part of its approval process. Facing a Freedom of Information Act-related lawsuit — a law that gives consumers the right to request access information from the federal government — the FDA had no choice but to release product information.

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