The Food and Drug Association has been called into question for failing to ban triclosan in toothpaste following its recent ban of antibacterial soaps that contain the ingredient.
The ingredient is found in some toothpastes such as Colgate Total, which is aimed to help consumers with problems such as gingivitis.
Speaking to the nypost.com, consumer Mark Christopher, 29, of Bushwick, Brooklyn said, “It doesn’t make sense. You can’t put it on your skin, but you can put it in your mouth?”
While the agent is thought to be dangerous in antibacterial soap, it is believed to be more harmful in toothpaste due to it being ingested into the mouth. According to The Natural Resources Defense Council, triclosan in toothpaste is “arguably more dangerous than hand soap because of the mouth’s greater ability to absorb toxins.”